APRIL 8, 2009
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby and Henry Aaron have
been chosen by Major League Baseball for this year's Beacon Awards
to be presented as part of this year's Civil Rights Game.
The game originated in Memphis, Tenn., in 2007 as an exhibition
and will be played during the regular season for the first time
when the Reds host the Chicago White Sox on June 20 in Cincinnati.
Baseball officials say the awards are intended to honor
individuals whose lives are emblematic of the civil rights
movement. The honors will be presented at a luncheon before the
Previous Beacon Award winners include filmmaker Spike Lee,
actress Ruby Dee and baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
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