The correct answer is A – he hopes that the president will take immediate action to curb segregation laws at the federal level.


Jackie Robinson’s letter may be considered more of an immediate call to action, rather than a petition for someone’s punishment, such as answer B.

Similarly, answers C and D are respectively related more to moral instruction and praise, which are directly opposite to the trend of the times.

As an advocate for the civil rights movement of America, Jackie Robinson raised the issue of segregation with each president, starting from Eisenhower and including John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. Robinson may be quoted from his telegrams to the White House as calling for the President to stop from “unwittingly crush[ing] the spirit of freedom in Negroes by constantly urging forbearance” and take action instead.

Photo: Jackie Robinson and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.
Jackie Robinson and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 (Source: https://nara.getarchive.net)