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    Hall of Famer and MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development Frank Robinson issued the following statement regarding the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, who is the recipient of the 2014 MLB Beacon of Life Award:

    “All of us at Major League Baseball mourn the loss of the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou, who led a full and accomplished life and left an indelible impact on our society. Today we have lost one of our greatest voices, but Dr. Angelou’s words will live on and will continue to inspire generations to come. With a heavy heart, the National Pastime will honor Dr. Angelou at this weekend’s Civil Rights Game in a manner befitting her remarkable legacy.”

    Reid Ryan, President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros, said the following:

    “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou. She touched so many lives as a revered author and poet, but will be remembered for so much more. She was also a pioneer, teacher, historian and champion of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Angelou truly was a national treasure. We send our heartfelt condolences to her many friends, family members and to her millions of admirers. Although she is no longer with us, her legacy will live on. We look forward to honoring Dr. Angelou this week.”

    MLB and the Astros will honor Dr. Angelou with the Beacon of Life Award at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon and the Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Friday, May 30th.


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Alice Coachman Davis - The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday morning on 7/14/14 in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London.
Meshach Taylor - Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67.
Bobby Womack - Soul singer Bobby Womack career spanned seven decades and included '80s hit "If You Think You're Lonely Now." Womack began his career in the early 1960s as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos.
Tony Gwynn - Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego's history, died 6/16/14 of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.
Ruby Dee - Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, died at age 91, on 6/11/14 Dee died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night of "natural causes."
Lee Chamberlin - The Electric Company star Lee Chamberlin has died of metastatic cancer at the age of 76. The actress, who lived in Paris, passed away on May 25 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina while visiting her son Matthew.
Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died 5/28/14 morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
DJ Rashad - Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead this weekend of an apparent drug overdose. He was 34. Chicago Police spokeswoman said a friend found Harden's body in an apartment on the city's West Side.
Rubin ''Hurricane'' Carter - The middleweight title contender, whose murder convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film, died 4/20/14. He was 76.Carter, who had suffered from prostate cancer, died in his sleep at his home in Toronto.
Amiri Baraka - Amiri Baraka, a poet and playwright of pulsating rage, whose long illumination of the black experience in America was called incandescent in some quarters and incendiary in others, died in Newark, N.J. He was 79.


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