Jackie Robinson never considered himself only an athlete. Buck O'Neil calls him a "race man"--someone who cared about the plight of all African-Americans and not just himself. Robinson also had a lively mind and a healthy ambition to accomplish things outside baseball. After his retirement in late 1956, he worked in business, became involved in politics, and took part in the developing struggle for black voting rights. He was also a devoted family man, committed to his wife Rachel and involved with the raising of their three children, Jackie Jr., Sharon, and David. Robinson's commitment to business, politics, and social reform was a proud and vital part of his legacy.