Maya Angelou Won't Be at Astros Civil Rights Game, But Her Spirit Will

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The Houston Astros will play in Major League Baseball's annual Civil Rights Game Friday, honoring Dr. Maya Angelou in the process.

Angelou, who passed away Wednesday, was scheduled to receive the 2014 Beacon of Life award. She was 86.

"Today we have lost one of our greatest voices, but Dr. Angelou's words will live on and will continue to inspire generations to come," hall of famer Frank Robinson said in a press release. "With a heavy heart, the National Pastime will honor Dr. Angelou at this weekend's Civil Rights Game in a manner befitting her remarkable legacy."

MLB announced five days ago that Angelou would be unable to attend because of health reasons.

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America, will be the keynote speaker at the Beacon Awards. She will accept the award on Angelou's behalf, MLB announced. NFL hall of famer Jim Brown and Motown record label founder Berry Gordy will also receive awards.

The Civil Rights Game is a regular season game that MLB has had since 2007. Friday will be the first time the Astros play in the game. They'll face the Baltimore Orioles.

Reid Ryan, the Astros' president of business operations, expressed the franchise's feelings.

"We send our heartfelt condolences to her many friends, family members and to her millions of admirers," Ryan said in a statement following the announcement of Angelou's death. "Although she is no longer with us, her legacy will live on. We look forward to honoring Dr. Angelou this week."

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