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MLB to honor Morgan Freeman, Carlos Santana and Ernie Banks

Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman, Grammy Award Winner Carlos Santana and Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will receive MLB Beacon Awards during 2011 Civil Rights Game Week Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman, Grammy Award Winner Carlos Santana and Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will receive MLB Beacon Awards during 2011 Civil Rights Game Week, a series of events developed by MLB and the Atlanta Braves to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.

Freeman, Santana and Banks will be honored with the MLB Beacon of Hope, Beacon of Change and Beacon of Life, respectively, at the MLB Beacon Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 14 at the Omni Hotel Grand Ballroom. The MLB Beacon Awards recognize individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement.

The Banquet is part of Civil Rights Game Week, which culminates with the 2011 Civil Rights Game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, May 15 at Turner Field in Atlanta. The game will air live on TBS. Fans can purchase tickets to the MLB Beacon Awards Banquet at www.MLB.com/civil ­rightsgame, and highlights will be available on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball.

American civil rights movement leader and co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference the Rev. Joseph Lowery will deliver the keynote speech at the Banquet. Proceeds from the affair will benefit the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation.

The 2011 Civil Rights Game Week also will feature the inaugural Selig Business Conference; a Red Carpet tribute to Hank Aaron and special screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Chasing the Dream”; the Baseball & the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion; and the Civil Rights Game Youth Summit/”Wanna Play?” Event.

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will celebrate the Negro Leagues during the game on Saturday, May 14. The Braves will wear replica uniforms worn by the Atlanta Black Crackers and the Phillies will wear those worn by the Philadelphia Stars. Additionally, there will be a pregame ceremony honoring former Negro Leagues players, and fans will receive Atlanta Black Crackers caps.

For more information, visit www.MLB.com/civilrightsgame.

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