Clinton Talks Baseball, Politics

CINCINNATI (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says the need to
push for racial equality is far from over.

Clinton said Saturday that despite such racial progress as the
election of Barack Obama as president, economic, educational and
other social divides remain.

Clinton spoke at Major League Baseball's Beacon Awards luncheon
in Cincinnati. As president, he took part in a 1997 ceremony
retiring Jackie Robinson's No. 42 uniform number.

Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron, boxing's Muhammad Ali
and entertainer Bill Cosby were honored for their contributions to
civil rights and charitable works.

Clinton says to honor them, people should "recognize that this
struggle is nowhere near over."

The luncheon was among events leading to Saturday night's first
regular-season Civil Rights Game, between the Chicago White Sox and
Cincinnati Reds.


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