8:58 pm August 17, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp will join other dignitaries taking part in Saturday’s Beacon awards presentation at 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. The awards luncheon is held in conjunction with the Civil Rights game Saturday night between the Braves and Dodgers and honors those whose lives have reflected the spirit of the civil rights movement.
Kemp will present former Dodgers great Don Newcombe with an MLB Beacon of Hope award. The former rookie of the year, MVP and Cy Young award winner was the first African-American pitcher in the Major League All-Star game in 1949.
BET Executive Vice President and founding partner of the Washington Nationals Paxton Baker will present founding members of Earth, Wind & Fire, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, with the Beacon of Change award. And civil rights leader Julian Bond, will present the MLB Beacon of Life award to Congressman John Lewis.
The Beacon award winners will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony at Turner Field before the Braves host the Dodgers at 7:10.
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