Effa Louise Manley co-owned the Newark Eagles baseball franchise in the Negro leagues with her husband Abe Manley. Her influence extended beyond baseball; she was active in the civil rights movement and a social activist.
"Jackie Robinson changed baseball, and when you've changed baseball in this country, you've changed this country!"
In some ways, the nation is reversing previous trends; in others, it is forging completely new paths. The country is becoming both more integrated and more segregated.
Lester Rodney was a crusader for equality and instrumental in integrating baseball as sports editor with the Daily Worker in the 1930s, says ESPN in a recent video on its website.