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Former MLB All-Star Bo Jackson and legendary 18-time Grammy Award-Winning recording artist Aretha Franklin will receive MLB Beacon Awards at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 24th at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile, and will be recognized on the field prior to the Civil Rights Game at U.S. Cellular Field. The MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon is one of the Civil Rights Game weekend events, which were developed to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans. The 2013 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, August 24th, airing nationally on MLB Network and locally on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago and FOX Sports Southwest in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas. Information for the Civil Rights Game and the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, which recognizes individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement, can be found at MLB.com/civilrightsgame or WhiteSox.com/civilrightsgame.
Platinum-selling, international recording sensation Charice, who appeared in a recurring role on FOX's "Glee" and who Oprah Winfrey once dubbed "the most talented girl in the world," will perform at the Luncheon.
"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."