Braves readying for Civil Rights Game this weekend
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Aug 14, 2012
As the Braves prepare to host the Civil Rights Game for a second consecutive season, fans will have a chance to spend this weekend learning more about the city of Atlanta's rich history in the civil rights movement. "The Civil Rights Game is a great opportunity for the Braves and Major League Baseball to celebrate our role in the civil rights movement," said Braves executive vice president Derek Schiller. When the Dodgers participate in Saturday's Civil Rights Game, the Dodger who emerged as an inspiring hero from the civil rights movement will be well represented. Activities will begin on Friday with a civil rights roundtable discussion, and conclude on Saturday night when the Braves host the Dodgers in a game that will be aired on MLB Network. Julian Bond, a social activist and a leader in the civil rights movement, will lend his perspective, as will Rev. Three years later, Sam Jethroe became the Braves' first African-American player, and won the 1950 National League Rookie of the Year Award. She also is vice chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, founded in 1973 as a "vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson through the advancement of higher education among underserved populations," according to the foundation's mission statement.