Although the military services were segregated during World War II, many black young men, including Jackie Robinson, who is shown here in uniform at Camp Hood in Texas, served their country through black-only units, squadrons and battalions.
Jackie Robinson receives car keys from tap dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson at Ebbets Field in New York on Sept. 23, 1947. The new automobile is presented to him by fans on Jackie Robinson Day as the Dodgers celebrate their National League Championship.
Jackie Robinson empties his locker at Ebbets Field, closing out a ten-year starring stint with the club on Jan. 7, 1957. Robinson quit baseball to become vice president in charge of personnel for Chock Full o'Nuts.
Jackie Robinson meets employees of the Chock Full o'Nuts cafeteria on his first day as vice president of the company on March 4, 1957. Robinson was the first black person to serve as vice president of a major American corporation.
Los Angeles Angels players wear number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day in Arlington, Texas, on April 16, 2008. The day commemorates Robinson's debut as the first African-American major league baseball player.