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Raye of Light in the classroom

PHOTO: Dr. Ben Hartnell’s classroom includes a display highlighting Jimmy Raye and the Spartans’ 1966 season.

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Dr. Ben Hartnell, a Michigan State alumnus and teacher in suburban Columbus, Ohio, was a guest on The Drive with Jack. He was asked about his using “Raye of Light, Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and integration of college football,” in his history classrooms. He tied the Civil Rights and its impact on college football through Daugherty’s pioneering teams.

Michigan State’s 1960s teams were college football’s first fully integrated rosters. The 1966 Spartans numbered 20 Black players, 11 Black starters, two Black team captains, College Football Hall of Famers George Webster and Clinton Jones, and the South’s first Black quarterback to win a national title, Jimmy Raye of Fayetteville, N.C.

Click link below to listen to the interview, with Jimmy Raye joining Hartnell and host Jack Ebling during the session as a surprise guest.

*Jimmy Raye, Michigan State Football great surprises Columbus, Ohio school teacher, Ben Hartnell (

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