The White Sox and Rangers will take part in MLB's annual Civil Rights Game on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The game will air on Comcast SportsNet Chicago with Pregame Live beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Chuck Garfien, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton.
The event started as an exhibition in 2007 in Memphis and developed into a regular season game in 2009. Saturday will mark the third time the White Sox have been a part of the Civil Rights Game, but will be the first held in Chicago.
The game is meant to keep MLB's Civil Rights Movement alive and raise awareness on racial equality.
With the dwindling number of black players in baseball, MLB hopes to generate interest for future players.
White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams participated in a roundtable discussion Friday afternoon at the Chicago Cultural Center along with producer of the film "42" Thomas Tull, MLB senior vice president for diversity and strategic alliances Wendy Lewis, CEO of Reynolds Sports Management Larry Reynolds and senior vice president for strategy and community development of the Chicago Urban League Shari Runner.
Education was at the forefront among the topics at Friday's roundtable. But Williams wants people to not focus so much on the past and look at what they're fighting for now.
"When we talk about celebrating a Civil Rights weekend it's not just celebrating the past and how that has shaped us and gotten us to where we are," Williams said. "Lets talk about the new Civil Rights; the right to an education, the right to walk out of your door safely in your own neighborhood, those are the things we're fighting for now."
Before Saturday's game, the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon will take place at the Marriott hotel in Chicago with former White Sox slugger Bo Jackson and Grammy-award winner Aretha Franklin receiving awards.