Cradle of movement hosts MLB’s Civil Rights game

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The weekend will also focus on young people, with a youth summit planned for Saturday, as well as a concert featuring rapper Ludacris.

The slate of activities is also an effort to bring more blacks to baseball. African American participation in the sport has declined steadily for almost 15 years, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, which posts an annual report card on the state of diversity in baseball. At the start of this year’s season, only 8.5 percent of players were black, down from 10 percent last year.

Solomon said baseball has several initiatives aimed at addressing the decline of black players on the field, but noted the 40 percent overall minority rate for players.

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