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Atlanta Braves to Pay Homage to Negro Leagues, Civil Rights Movement Over Weekend

May 29th, 2013 at 8:41 AM
By Cody Fields

This weekend the Atlanta Braves will mark their Heritage Weekend in celebration of the Civil Rights movement. For Saturday's game with the Washington Nationals, both teams will don Negro Leagues throwback uniforms – the Braves as the Atlanta Black Crackers and the Nationals as the Homestead Grays, reports.

The entire weekend will be packed with special events, starting Friday when the Braves team up with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to award Ambassador Andrew Young and Senator Leroy Johnson with the inaugural Hank Aaron Champion for Justice Award. A panel discussion will take place that morning at the 755 Club.

All three days of the three-game set with the Nationals will feature the "Rise Above" exhibit, detailing the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in the Army Air Corps. A P-51, their model of bomber, will perform a pre-game flyover on Friday and Saturday.

The Braves will also continue their Alumni Weekend on Sunday when Denny Neagle, Terry Harper and Jim Nash will be available for autographs.

And to top it all off? Run DMC will perform a post-game concert Saturday night. It will be the rap group's first Atlanta show since 2001, the fourth show in the US since 2002 and currently the only show scheduled in the US all of 2013


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Tags: Andrew Young, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Civil Rights, Denny Neagle, Homestead Grays, Leroy Johnson, MLB, P-51, Run DMC, Tuskegee Airmen, Washington Nationals

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