This Day in Black History: Nov. 21, 1949

Jackie Robinson awarded the Freedom Foundation medal.

Posted: 11/21/2011 06:16 AM EST

Baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who famously integrated the sport, was awarded the Freedom Foundation medal by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for his “outstanding achievement in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life.”

(Photo: AP Photo/John J. Lent)

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