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Angelou, Gordy, Jim Brown to receive MLB honors

Angelou, Gordy, Jim Brown to receive MLB honors

HONORED: Berry Gordy will be among those honored with the MLB Beacon Award. Photo: Associated Press/Michael Perez

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, Berry Gordy and Jim Brown will be honored at the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon in May.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that the iconic author-poet, music business maven and football legend will receive awards May 30 in Houston before the annual Civil Rights Game.

The Houston Astros will host the Baltimore Orioles in this year’s Civil Right Game. It will air on the MLB Network.

Past recipients of MLB Beacon Awards include Muhammad Ali, Aretha Franklin and Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron.

The MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon is one of the events surrounding the Civil Rights Game that pay tribute to people who fight for equal rights.

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