Unfortunately, Maya Angelou would not be able to attend the Beacon Awards Luncheon. The event is scheduled to take place in Houston on May 30 and as announced by the MLB, Angelou, the MLB Beacon of Life Honoree, will not make it due to health reasons. Angelou’s award would instead be received by Robin Roberts who is the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon keynote speaker.
In a recent statement, Maya Angelou said “It is with deep regret that I am unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon. I am aware that the Civil Rights Game is Major League Baseball’s opportunity to encourage and lead its fans and friends in honoring and remembering a critical time in our nation’s history, and I respect the league greatly for recognizing the need for this event. I am very proud to be one of the MLB Beacon Award honorees, amongst an impressive list of figures that were, and still are, part of the civil rights movement.”
Talking about the impressive personality of Maya Angelou, Frank Robinson said that “Dr. Maya Angelou is a powerful representation of everything we celebrate and recognize for the Civil Rights Game. Throughout her life and through her unprecedented roster of achievements, Dr. Angelou has exemplified the very definition of ‘pioneer.’ We wish she could be with us in person for this well-deserved recognition, and everyone at Major League Baseball wishes her a full and speedy recovery.”