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The Westerville (Ohio) City School District wrote a report in a newsletter on the Michigan State Hall of Famer Jimmy Raye, the South’s first Black quarterback to win a national title, answering questions on sports and the Civil Rights movement with Dr. Ben Hartnell’s history class. His four classes of primarily freshmen and sophomores assembled in a school auditorium.
Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s 1960s teams led college football integration with the sport’s first fully integrated rosters. The Spartans’ historically Midwest-based rosters added players such as Raye (Faytteville, N.C.) and College Football Hall of Famers Bubba Smith (Beaumont, Texas), George Webster (Anderson, S.C.) and Gene Washington (La Porte, Texas) recruited from the segregated South.