Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad
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Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad

"Through Banks of the Red Cedar" produced by Gene Washington's daughter

Photo: L-R: Clinton Jones, Gene Washington and Jess Phillips

No school did more for the integration of college football than Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. The full story is told in Raye of Light. The book's foreword was written by Tony Dungy.

Video of Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor discussing "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar" with Maya Washington, Gene Washington, Jimmy Raye and Clinton Jones

Gene Washington and Clinton Jones are two-time All-Americans in the College Football Hall of Fame that played in the NFL. Jimmy Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title and was a pioneer among black NFL assistant coaches and one of the league's first black offensive coordinators.

Click here for video trailer: Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

The Freep Film Festival April 11-15 featured a documentary on Michigan State's Underground Railroad teams that led the integration of college football.

"Through the Banks of the Red Cedar" was produced by Maya Washington, the daughter of Gene Washington, a Michigan State two-time All-American wide receiver and College Football Hall of Famer.

--- Saturday, April 14: 1:30 p.m., DFT at DTA

--- Sunday, April 15: 1 p.m., Emagine Royal Oak

Click here for information for fundraising on the documentary

in Raye of Light, Gene Washington's journey from La Porte, Texas, to the Michigan State and the College Football Hall of Fame is told in Chapter 9: "The Hurdler."

Detroit Free Press story

Detroit News story

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More background from my website Shanahan Report on Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams from the book Raye of Light:

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He 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. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented 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. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."