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My book events: Learn the true stories of 1960s college football integration

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Purchase my books, the untold true stories of college football integration: It’s the right thing do – Tom Shanahan Report

RAYE OF LIGHT was used as research for the NFL 360 Emmy Award-winning film, “The Indelible Legacy of Jimmy Raye.”

My video that explains Michigan State leading college football integration.

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LATE MARCH or APRIL DATE to be announced soon at Shuler’s Book Store in Okemos

1982 W. Grand River, Okemos, Michigan.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024, 9:15 am


509 Willow Avenue, Big Rapids, Michigan

I’ll be reading BUBBA’S DAD, DUFFY AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD to third and fourth graders at the Riverview Elementary School that I attended.

9:15 to 10:00 am, Third graders

10:35 to 11:20 am, Fourth graders

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2024, Noon


106 N. Michigan, Big Rapids, Michigan.

I grew up in Big Rapids and this is a special homecoming for me to discuss my two new books.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2024, 5:30 pm to 7:30


20 Monroe Live, 20 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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MARCH 12-14, 2024


My books are featured at the festival.

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2024, 6:30 pm


1107 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado.

— Joe Romig and John Meadows from Colorado’s 1961 team that threatened to boycott the 1962 Orange Bowl in support of their Black teammates will join me to sign books. Romig is a College Football Hall of Famer and Rhodes Scholar. Meadows is a former CU assistant athletic director.

Boulder Book Store website

 Joe Romig and Colorado coach Sonny Grandelius, a former Michigan State player and Spartans assistant coach under Duffy Daugherty.

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RAYE OF LIGHT was used as research for the NFL 360 Emmy Award-winning film, “The Indelible Legacy of Jimmy Raye.”


My books document stories about the true pioneers of college football integration in the 1960s who blazed a trail. They made college football integration fait accompli by 1970, but myths and fiction about the 1970 USC-Alabama game and Bear Bryant’s secret plan has unjustly shoved the true pioneers into the shadows. The popular misconception worked its way into the national folklore with the aid of poorly researched sports writing.


When I spoke at the National Sports Media Association Book Festival at Bookmarks I made the statement, “No two books better tell the true story of college football integration than “Raye of Light” and “The Right Thing To Do.”

Listen to audio here: Book Festival (

I’ll put my research up against anybody, anytime, anywhere. Especially when it comes to debunking stories that steer credit to Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabama game. The myths have unfairly deprived recognition due the true pioneers of the 1960s who paid a price. Thanks to them, college football integration was fait accompli by 1970.

No one did more for integration in the South than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but if we were to position athletes who sacrificed and paid it price in the 1960s, the line starts with Maryland’s Darryl Hill, Wake Forest’s Bob Brant and Buck Henry and SMU’s Jerry LeVias. The folklore myth posed as a humorous story about Bear Bryant and Sam Cunningham and the 1970s USC-Alabama game is an insult to their legacies. The 1970 Stanford-Arkansas game, played the same night as USC-Alabama, was a more significant moment in the South joining the 20th century.


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November 22, 2023

MSU Alumni Club, Riverside, California chapter

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, Indian Wells, California

Michigan State Hall of Famer Steve Garvey, a Palm Desert, California resident, attended the MSU Alumni Riverside Club event.

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June 26, 2023

National Sports Media Association Book Festival

Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Website: Bookmarks (

Listen to audio here: Book Festival (

ABOVE: I was proud to join Andrew Maraniss (L) and David Maraniss (R) at the National Sports Media Association Book Festival.

BELOW: Another heavyweight at the NSMA Book Festival was Terence Moore.

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March 14, 2023

RALEIGH SPORTS CLUB, weekly meeting

Highland Methodist Church, Raleigh, N.C.

Click here for Raleigh Sports Club luncheon video: Honoring Earle Edwards’ legacy and connection to Duffy Daugherty – Tom Shanahan Report

L-R: NC State hisatorian Tim Peeler, NC State pioneer player Charley Young and author Tom Shanahan


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