PBS and Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

PBS has been airing Maya Washington's film "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar" during Black History Month. Click here to view PBS trailers The PBS release corresponds with the recent release of Maya Washington's book, "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, My Father and the Team that Changed the Game." Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty's teams led the college football integration by combing the Spartans Midwest-based rosters with talent in the 1960s from the segregated South.…

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A Muhammad Ali film by Ken Burns — enough said

Photo courtesy of PBS: Muhammad Ali after his second win over Sonny Liston. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN What’s left to learn about Muhammad Ali? Plenty. That is, if Ken Burns is involved. He is, releasing his latest Public Broadcast System documentary in four two-hour parts, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET through Wednesday. Appropriately, it's simply titled, "Muhammad Ali." We’ve already read multiple thick biographies, watched previous documentaries and movies on the big screen about…

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“Spirit in the House, Alan Haller!”

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN "Ghost in the House, champ!" Having recently watched a preview of the upcoming PBS documentary on Muhammad Ali and read "Blood Brothers," that haunting chant from Bundini Brown, Ali's friend and cornerman, came to mind while awaiting the outcome of Michigan State’s national search for a new athletic director. The thoughts aren’t as disconnected as it might sound. Brown's chant conjured Jack Johnson as Ali returned to the boxing ring…

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