Rachel Robinson is a philanthropist, activist and former nurse. She was the wife of the famous African-American baseball player, Jackie Robinson, and is the founder of the non-profit Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Prior to her career in political activism, Robinson worked for five years as a researcher and clinician at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, going on to become Director of Nursing for the Connecticut Mental Health Center and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Yale University. In the 1960s, she and her husband became increasingly active in the Civil Rights Movements. After her husband’s death in 1972, Robinson incorporated the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation, a real estate development company for low and moderate-income housing, serving as its president for the next 10 years. In 1973, she founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides educational and leadership opportunities for minority students.
She continues to work with the foundation and has also remained active in national efforts to recognize her husband.
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