DETROIT -- Former Tigers All-Star Willie Horton will be among the special guests at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon on Aug. 24 in Chicago that precedes the Civil Rights Game between the White Sox and Rangers later that night.
The two annual events celebrate individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. Horton will introduce music legend and Detroit native Aretha Franklin, who is one of the recipients of this year's MLB Beacon Awards.
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will make his annual address during the event, while Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Ferguson Jenkins will be in attendance along with former All-Stars Frank Thomas and Minnie Miñoso.
Proceeds from the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon will benefit the Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago. Information on the Civil Rights Game and the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon can be found at MLB.com/civilrightsgame.
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