Off The Field, Jackie Robinson Left A Legacy Of Black Entrepreneurship

That was on 125th Street, in the heart of Harlem, and the elder Robinson wasn’t just there to visit. He owned a clothing store a block away from the Apollo, 

Jackie Robinson also co-founded Freedom National Bank, a few doors down from the Apollo.

The history books will forever tell the story of how Jackie Robinson changed the world by breaking the decades-long so-called gentlemen’s agreement that kept Black players out of America’s 

Major League Baseball, on this day 75 years ago. Off the field, he was a prominent business leader who championed Black economic advancement and entrepreneurship.

Aside from the bank and the clothing store, he also co-founded the Jackie Robinson Construction Co., invested in apartment developments and, 

Robinson’s pioneering leadership in the business world set standards for Black Americans and also for Black athletes, such as Magic Johnson and LeBron James, 

Robinson, who died in 1972 at the age of 53, played 10 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was part of the team’s first world championship in 1955.

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