CINCINNATI -- As the issues of racism, social justice and police reform have moved to the forefront for many Americans, Major League Baseball and the Reds are taking part in the conversation.
On Friday, which is Juneteenth, the club will have several current and former Reds recording an online player panel for a series called “Share the Truth: Reds talk to Youth about Race.”
Participants include Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, former outfielder Eric Davis, first-base coach Delino DeShields, reliever Amir Garrett, outfielder Jesse Winker and pitching prospect Hunter Greene. The discussion will be hosted by Brian Giesenschlag from FOX Sports Ohio.
“Share the Truth” is a series of virtual discussions hosted by the Reds that will be centered on race and social justice. The finished product will be released next week. It’s expected to serve as a platform for the players to share their experiences and insights around the issue of racial equality with Cincinnati’s area youth, many of which are participants in Reds Youth Academy Programs.
Additionally, the Reds will soon launch a unity/social justice page that can be found at Reds.com/Unity that has messages from players and alumni, links to local and national organizations about how to get involved, resources for youth, and books and movies and for fans to get connected to the movement.
On Friday, the Reds Community Fund will announce a special “Split the Pot” fundraiser that will benefit the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio.
To celebrate Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the official end of slavery in the United States in 1865, MLB Network will air MLB Tonight: A Conversation Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET. It will be co-hosted by MLB Network’s Fran Charles and Harold Reynolds.