So often in conversations we hear the expression "Hey how about the little brother." Well how about in this case, the bigger brother.
His little brothers' name is immediately recognized in most circles from athletics to politics. Martin Luther King, once when praise was given to him about being the forerunner, leader of the early Civil Rights movement, King immediately sited this man, Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson was the first black American to play in the major leagues breaking into the league with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946.
But I bet here is a little know fact about the Robinson family. Jackie's older/ big brother Matthew, Mack, won a medal, silver medal in the 1936 Olympics held in Germany, the one that made Jesse Owens famous.
Mack was born in Georgia in 1914. He and his siblings were left fatherless at an early age, leaving their mother, Mallie Robinson as the sole support of the family. She must have been quite a lady.
Mack placed second in the 200 meters at the United States Olympic Trials in 1936 earning him a place on the Olympic team. He went on to win the silver medal, second place medal, at the Summer Olympics in Berlin finishing 0.4 seconds behind Jesse Owens. This is the famous Olympics that Hitler tried to dominate from a political standpoint and give credence to what he called the superior race.
Not so. Both Jessie Owens and big brother to Jackie Robinson, Mack proved otherwise.
November 21, 2017