There are awards for accomplishment, and then there are awards for making the right choices. The Major League Baseball Beacon Awards are designed to go to people who have already been honored yet they continue to do the right thing.
To help celebrate the 2013 Civil Rights Game, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago by the White Sox and Rangers on Aug. 24 and televised nationally on MLB Network at 6:10 p.m. CT, Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will receive the MLB Beacon Awards at a luncheon that day and will be recognized in a pregame ceremony on the field.
"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."