Fayetteville Barnes and Noble book signing May 1
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Fayetteville Barnes and Noble book signing May 1

Jimmy Raye and Tom Shanahan will discuss Raye of Light and sign books in Raye's hometown

Photo: Jimmy Raye and Tom Shanahan speaking the Historical Society of Greater Lansing.

When and Where: May 1 at Fayetteville Barnes and Noble

Jimmy Raye and Tom Shanahan will discuss their book Raye of Light at the Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville, N.C. The book signing is at 7 p.m. Friday May 1.

The address is 121 Glensford Drive, Fayetteville, N.C., 28314. The phone number: 910-864-0840.

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Raye of Light

Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans


By Tom Shanahan

Foreword Tony Dungy

August Publications

Jimmy Raye, an NFL Senior Advisor after 35 years as an NFL coach and a pioneering college career as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title at Michigan State in 1966, is returning home for a book signing at the Fayetteville Barnes and Noble.

Raye has been a pioneer throughout his playing and coaching days. Raye left segregated E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville in 1964 as a passenger on Michigan State head coach Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad.

Daugherty, a College Football Hall of Fame coach, recruited 44 black players from the South from 1959 to his final season in 1972 with a 68-percent graduation rate. The passengers were denied a chance to play for their home-state university due to the color of their skin. The athletes included College Football Hall of Famers Bubba Smith (Beaumont, Tx.), George Webster (Anderson, S.C.) and Gene Washington, La Porte, Tx.).

Daugherty played unprecedented numbers of black athletes and used them at key positions such as quarterback and linebacker. In 1966, Clinton Jones and George Webster were the first two black captains of an integrated team as voted by the players. Following Michigan State's success other integrated teams began recruiting increased numbers of black players and the schools in the South eventually integrated their rosters one or two black players at a time by the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title as the Spartans' starter in the 1966 season (National Football Foundation MacArthur Bowl co-national champions with Notre Dame). He also was a sophomore backup on the 1965 national championship team (UPI) and the starter as a senior in 1967.

He joined Daugherty's Michigan State coaching staff in 1972 and later moved on to the San Francisco 49ers in 1977. There were only three other black coaches in the NFL when the 49ers hired him. He was one of the first black coordinators in the league with the Los Angeles Rams in 1983 when John Robinson named him his offensive coordinator.

Raye's journey also is a North Carolina story that began in segregated South. His success at Michigan State inspired North Carolina State's Clyde Chesney, an E.E. Smith alum to walk-on with the Wolfpack. He was N.C. State's first black starter and first black All-Academic ACC choice. Raye's first career start as a junior in 1966 was a 28-10 win over N.C. State at Spartan Stadium. He was awarded the game ball that he still has at his home.

Throughout Raye's coaching career, he has served as mentor for many young coaches. Tony Dungy, the first black coach to win a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in the 2006 season, cites Raye's influence in his Foreword written for the book.

Raye travels to New York as a NFL Senior Advisor, but he makes his home in Pinehurst, N.C.Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter who lives in Cary, N.C.They will discuss the book, Raye's career and Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football.

During the book discussion, Raye also can answer questions about the 2014 season, Super Bowl XLIX, looking ahead to the 2015 NFL season and the Carolina Panthers.

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Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light."

Raye of Light

Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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