MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’
Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox will host the Rangers in this year's game.
Filipino singer and "Glee" actress Charice will perform at the event.
Past recipients of MLB Beacon Awards include Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks, as well as Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman.
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.
Franklin has missed a string of recent performances due to ill health. A July 27 concert in the Detroit area was scrapped, with her team citing ongoing treatment. The legendary singer had canceled a pair of dates in June to receive unspecified treatment.