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Dallas Examiner | 5/5/2013, 8:42 a.m. | Updated on 5/6/2013, 9:16 a.m.

Organizer Faye Rose Toure says the bus tour includes stops in cities where civil rights workers were slain, including Philadelphia, Miss., and Marion, Ala.

AURORA, Colo.

About 300 teenagers are expected to gather in Aurora for a free, private screening of the movie 42 as part of a Major League Baseball youth outreach program.

The Colorado Rockies and MLB will host teens from the Denver Metro and Aurora RBI teams (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) at a Sunday screening of the movie, which is based on the life and career of Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson. Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball.

All 30 clubs in the league are screening the film across the U.S. and in Canada for thousands of teens. A Colorado Rockies news release says the RBI program aims “to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.’’

CHICAGO, Ill.

Some Chicago-area Black clergy have issued robocalls – pre-recorded automated phone calls – in opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the African American Clergy Coalition launched another round of calls on Monday. The 40-second messages feature the voice of former state Sen. James Meeks, senior pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist Church. In the message Meeks says in his view “same-sex marriage should not be the law of the state of Illinois.’’

The state Senate last month approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. It awaits a floor vote in the House, where Speaker Michael Madigan has said passing it will be “very difficult.” Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would approve gay marriage.

Some prominent African American ministers have said that they do support gay marriage.