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By TOM SHANAHAN
I enjoyed spending the day, Tuesday, November 22, at E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C., at the invitation of NFL 360 director/producer Osahon Tongo.
He invited me down as the author of “Raye of Light” for interviews on a documentary on Jimmy Raye, Michigan’s pioneering Black quarterback and pioneering Black coach in both college and the NFL. E.E. Smith is Raye’s alma mater.
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RAYE OF LIGHT
Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and the integration of college football
Foreword by Tony Dungy
Raye attended the school when North Carolina was still a segregated state. He graduated in 1964 and arrived at Michigan State that fall as a member Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s Underground Railroad teams that led college football integration. He earned his scholarship after Michigan State assistant coach Cal Stoll watched Raye earned MVP honors in the Black East-West All-Star game played in Durham.
Edgar Farmer is Jimmy Raye’s brother-in-law. He also played at E.E. Smith and later at Johnson C. Smith University, a Historically Black College and University in Charlotte, N.C. He was the older brother of Raye’s late wife, Edwina.
Donald Raye was Jimmy’s younger brother who succeeded him as the quarterback at E.E. Smith when Jimmy left for Michigan State.
Prior to Tongo’s position at NFL 360, he worked at the Black Entertainment Network and has produced short films. He played football at Georgia Tech.
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