Through the Banks of the Red Cedar discussion
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Through the Banks of the Red Cedar discussion

Filmmaker Gene Washington and his filmmaker daughter Maya discuss documentary

Filmmaker Maya Washington, daughter of Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, will show a trailer of her upcoming documentary, "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar," on Sept. 10 at the Conrad Hall auditorium on the Michigan State campus. Conrad Hall is the East Neighborhood near Hubbard Hall. 

The documentary is on her father's career and Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. She will show a trailer of the unfinished work that will be followed by a discussion. 

The event is begins with at 6 p.m. with an Open House and the program follows at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the University Archives and Historical Collections and the MSU Retirees Association.

Maya, Gene, Clinton Jones and other players from the Spartans' 1965-66 national championship teams will participate in the event. Jack Ebling, host of Lansing sports radio talk show The Drive with Jack, will serve as the moderator.

Jones is on campus this week to have his name added the Ring of Fame at Spartan Stadium at halftime of Saturday's Oregon-Michigan State game. Jones will join his three College Football Hall of Fame teammates, George Webster, Bubba Smith and Gene Washington. All four players were were two-time All-American players recruited by head coach Duffy Daugherty. Webster, Smith and Washington were part of the Underground Railroad out of the segregated South. Jones was from Cleveland, Ohio.

To attend the event, RSVP at or call 517-353-7896.

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,,, 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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