Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson To Receive MLB Honors

News & Views | Camille Travis | 07/29/2013 | 09:45 AM EDT

Queen of Soul and sports legend recognized for championing equality

The Queen of Soul and a sports legend are receiving top honors for their continued support of equal rights, reports The Associated Press.

Aretha Franklin 
and Bo Jackson will be recognized at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month in Chicago before the annual Civil Rights Game. Past recipients include Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Morgan Freeman and others.

“The MLB Beacon Awards offer a positive reminder that there are individuals who use their celebrity and fame to make a positive difference in our society,” said Frank Robinson, MLB executive vice president of baseball development.

“Major League Baseball is honored to bestow this special recognition on Bo Jackson and Aretha Franklin and to have them be a part of our weekend activities surrounding the Civil Rights Game.”

The Civil Rights Game, in its seventh year, will be nationally televised on Aug. 24 at 6:10 p.m. CT on MLB Network.

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