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Despite being tied for the lead in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves are being criticized by some civil rights advocates for having so few African-American players on their roster. Joe Beasley, southern regional director for the Rainbow/PUSH coalition and Dexter Clinkscale, former NFL defensive back and the director of sports for that group, reportedly met with Braves officials to discuss the issue.

Beasley was quoted as saying the Braves lacked "diligence" in recruiting African-American players.  The team currently has one African-American player on the 25-man roster, outfielder Willie Harris.  Fifty years ago, the Braves had three African-American outfielders -- Hank Aaron, Bill Bruton and Wes Covington.

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It has been widely reported that the percentage of African-Americans in the big leagues has been dwindling while players of color representing other nationalities have become mainstays on most MLB rosters.

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