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MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. visited Michigan State University’s campus and spoke to a full house of 4,000 that greeted him with a standing ovation on Feb. 11, 1965 at The Auditorium. Only two months earlier King had accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. King’s appearances...

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...

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 at Raleigh's storied Holliday Gym on Broughton High's campus.I...