May 23, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Renowned author Maya Angelou will not be able to attend the 2014 Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she is among the honourees.

MLB cites “health reasons” in saying the 86-year-old author and activist won’t make it to the May 30th event in Houston before the annual Civil Rights Game.

Angelou cancelled an event last month in Arkansas because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to hospital.

The baseball event will also honour Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and football great Jim Brown.

A statement from Angelou says she respects MLB for holding the annual event. 

The Houston Astros will host the Baltimore Orioles in this year’s Civil Rights Game.

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