On 50th anniversary of March, Jones reflects

On 50th anniversary of March, Jones reflects
August 28, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON – Adam Jones prepared for Wednesday’s game by watching some television. That’s not unusual for Jones, but this time he watched coverage of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Jones is one of the more socially aware players and says he’s often studied the work of both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.

“They’re the yin and the yang,” Jones said. “They both had very strong views. They handled things in different fashions. They stood for what they believed in.”

As a youngster growing up in San Diego 30 years after Dr. King’s speech, Jones said he felt little prejudice because of his hometown’s diversity.

“Growing up as a black man, there are problems out there, no matter how you want to look at it,” Jones says.

“There’s still a lot of racist things going on, a lot of racial issues.”

Jones has been inspired by Dr. King’s message through his family.

“You can do anything. Don’t ever think that something’s out of your reach just because of any issue,” he said. “Try and be who you are. I’m all about the uniting of people, the growth of people. It doesn’t matter to me what color you are.”