- from Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson left UCLA after two years without getting a degree.
He believed that no amount of education would help an African American get a job. He also wanted to earn money to help his mother. He became an assistant athletic director at a camp run by the National Youth Administration (NYA). Then all the NYA projects were shut down. Jackie’s next job was playing football with the Honolulu Bears. He played one season with the team. He was going back to California when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, which caused the U.S. to enter World War II.