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Without any baseball games to celebrate the legacy of Jackie Robinson on the day named in his honor, baseball stars are posting a variety of tributes on social media to celebrate the icon’s impact.

Retired outfielder Curtis Granderson tied together the current pandemic and his desire to celebrate the legacy of Robinson by announcing that he would be donating 42,000 meals to the COVID-19 food bank partners in honor of Robinson’s No. 42, retired across the entire sport.

“Although baseball may be on pause, today is bigger than baseball,” Granderson wrote.

 

The three-time All-Star has been heavily involved in the coronavirus response through his Grand Kids Foundation, where he is accepting donations to help children and their families who need meals because of school closures. Granderson was given the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 and was named Marvin Miller Man of the Year by the MLB Players Association on four separate occasions.

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Thank you for EVERYTHING John Lewis! RIH – 1940 – 2020

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John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American politician and civil rights leader who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. Lewis served as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966.

Lewis, who as SNCC chairman, was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington, fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States.

A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served for 17 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Due to his length of service, he became the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. The district he served includes the northern three-quarters of Atlanta.

He was a leader of the Democratic Party in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1991 as a Chief Deputy Whip and from 2003 as Senior Chief Deputy Whip. He received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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DMV & Radio Legend Tony Redz passed away | RIP Mr 24/7 Tony Redz💔

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The legendary DMV radio DJ and host Tony Redz Aka Mr. 24/7 passed away today (May 29) of a heart attack. The news regarding his death was confirmed by Redz’s former colleague and fellow radio host Sunni on Twitter. The tweet read, “Got a call from DJ Flexx that shattered my heart. Can’t believe our former colleague Tony Redz has passed away. Way too young. Prayers to his family. Unbelievable.”

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Grammy-winning soul singer Betty Wright dead at 66

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Betty Wright, a Grammy-winning soul singer and songwriter known for influential hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Where is the Love,” died at age 66 at her home in Miami on Sunday.

Steve Greenberg of S-Curve Records told the New York Times Wright had been diagnosed with cancer in the fall.

Wright had her breakthrough with 1971’s “Clean Up Woman,” which combined elements of funk, soul and R&B.

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