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Biloxi to celebrate 'Spirit of Jackie Robinson'

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 Brooklyn Dodger infielder Jackie Robinson poses in May 1952.
ASSOCIATED PRESS/FILE Brooklyn Dodger infielder Jackie Robinson poses in May 1952. ASSOCIATED PRESS

"Jackie Robinson Matters (Still Today)" is the theme of Friday's program that will be followed by a baseball game at MGM Park and commemorate the 69th anniversary of when the iconic athlete broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

The Spirit of Jackie Robinson Program, sponsored by the Biloxi NAACP Baseball Diversity Committee, will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Martin Luther King Municipal Building, 676 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Biloxi. The program is free and refreshments will be served.

Young people will portray Robinson and other figures who played major roles in Robinson's success, and the Spirit of Jackie Robinson Awards will be presented to local community leaders.

Participants are invited to Friday night's Urban American Baseball Classic game, which pits Jackson State University and Alcorn State University. It begins at 7:05 p.m., at MGM Park in downtown Biloxi. The game is sponsored by Overtime Sports USA and its president, Tim Bennett.

Details: James Johnson at (601) 407-8878

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