Ludacris to perform at Civil Rights Game
Hometown hip-hop star will entertain at Turner Field on May 14
Ludacris, one of Atlanta's most famous products, will take center stage when the Civil Rights Game heads to his hometown city.
The Braves announced Thursday that the famous rapper will conduct a one-hour performance at Turner Field on Saturday, May 14, the day before the fifth annual Civil Rights Game between the Phillies and Braves.
The performance will take place after the 1 p.m. ET game between Philadelphia and Atlanta and will feature a "special guest," according to a release sent out by the Braves.
"I'm a fan of baseball, and I am honored to be a part of MLB's family and tradition of being a pioneering organization for civil rights and social justice and equality," Ludacris, whose birth name is Christopher Bridges, said in a statement. "I have studied the strides made in baseball and in sports, and the impact they have had on social issues affecting race and race relations in America. The Civil Rights Game week is a celebration of those achievements and a reminder of our ongoing responsibility to continue leveling the playing field for all."
Born in Champaign, Ill., but raised in Atlanta, Ludacris has sold more than 12 million albums domestically and has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards, winning three. He has also acted in films such as "Crash" and "Hustle & Flow."
With the movie "Crash," Ludacris partnered with writer-director Paul Haggis and the Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. He has also raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims through The Ludacris Foundation, and recently partnered with an Atlanta car dealership to give away 20 cars to those affected by the recession, according to the Braves.
Leading up to the first Civil Rights Game in Atlanta, Major League Baseball will bring back the Baseball and the Civil Rights Movement Roundtable Discussion and the Youth Summit/"Wanna Play?" event for kids, while introducing the two-day Selig Business Conference and a red-carpet screening of the Hank Aaron documentary "Chasing The Dream."
The list of events will range from May 12-15. More information, as well as an opportunity to purchase tickets, can be found at MLB.com/civilrights.com.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.