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Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

A treasure trove of untold sports stories clearing a path to integration throughout society can be still uncovered a half-century later. The reason is the media avoided racial issues in the mid-20th century, including athletic milestones. This was demonstrated once again in...

Online USA Today story featuring Jimmy Raye

Online USA Today story featuring Jimmy Raye

Many thanks to USA Today ’s NFL writer Jarrett Bell for his excellent story on Jimmy Raye in the USA Today’s Special Edition for Black History Month.Click here: USA Today on-line version of Jimmy Raye feature written by USA Today NFL writer Jarrett...

Book signing on Feb 15 at Barnes and Noble in Cary

Book signing on Feb 15 at Barnes and Noble in Cary

Jimmy Raye and Tom Shanahan discussed their book Raye of Light and signed copies on Feb. 15, 2015 at the Barns and Noble in Cary, N.C. The address is 760 SE Maynard across form the Cary Towne Center. The phone number: 919-467-3866.Click here to purchase from publisher's...

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

I was still researching and writing “Raye of Light” when North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was named to receive the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony with President Obama in 2013.In addition to detailing Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty’s...

USA Today features Jimmy Raye as trailblazer

USA Today features Jimmy Raye as trailblazer

Many thanks to USA Today ’s NFL writer Jarrett Bell for his excellent story on Jimmy Raye in the USA Today’s Special Edition for Black History Month. Click here: USA Today on-line version of Jimmy Raye feature written by USA Today writer Jarrett Bell. The story, with...

Colts Hamilton pays back man who opened door to NFL coaching

Colts Hamilton pays back man who opened door to NFL coaching

A light drizzle fell midway through the 12th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football cmp as NFL coaches and players ran kids through drills Tuesday at Raye's alma mater, E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C.Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, a Howard...

Purchase Raye of Light Today

Purchase Raye of Light Today

Praise for Raye of Light from the Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and more media outlets.Raye of Light available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon.come and from the publisher. Click below for publisher's site:http://rayeoflightbook.com/ordering-information/Click for...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

The frame of reference of today’s college football players dates merely two decades, meaning it is not necessarily unusual to see African-American Ruffin McNeal lead East Carolina into a bowl game as the Pirates’ head coach.But such a moment is significant when it's the...

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

By Greg Buckner, Pioneer Sports Editor   Growing up in Big Rapids in the 1960s, Tom Shanahan was a big Michigan Stazte football fan and one of his favorite memories was watching the “Game of the Century” between the top two teams in the nation in the Spartans and Notre...