At the end, I stood up and applauded.
I applauded Jackie’s character, integrity and fortitude. I applauded that Eddie Stanky defended Jackie in Philadelphia. I applauded that Pee Wee Reese stood next to Jackie, and that I taught his granddaughter in class. I applauded that things, though still not perfect, have changed. I applauded that a white man came up to Jackie on the street and encouraged him on.
I prayed that I would always be that man.
— Tom May is the Minister of Discipleship at Eastside Christian Church in Jeffersonville. He is an adjunct instructor in the Communications Department at Indiana University Southeast.