Cradle of movement hosts MLB's Civil Rights game
ATLANTA (AP) - Major League Baseball is coming to the home of Martin Luther King Jr. to pay tribute to those whose life's works embodies the spirit of the Civil Rights movement.
For their efforts, baseball is honoring Academy-award winner Morgan Freeman, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and Grammy Award-winning artist Carlos Santana during its annual Civil Rights weekend.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who will participate in this weekend's events during the Braves-Philadelphia Phillies three-game series, says baseball "has played a unique role in advancing the civil rights struggle.'' Jackson says with Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color line in 1947, Robinson "challenged and changed the American climate.''
MLB will also pay special tribute to Braves' legend and Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Aaron.