A film about football and how it was forever changed by a team right here in Lansing is making its local premiere.
Filmmaker Maya Washington has been working on Through the Bank of the Red Cedar for more than seven years. This film tells the story of her father, Gene Washington, a former Michigan State standout and NFL wide receiver. This is not just a football film; this is the story of young black athletes, recruited from the south a half a century ago at the peak of segregation by MSU coach Duffy Daugherty and how these players helped college and professional football become what it is today.
The film is showing in Wells Hall Wednesday, September 26 at 6:15 p.m. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion with MSU past and present student athletes like Gene Washington, Jimmy Raye and Clinton Jones.
Tune in to our Facebook live at approximately 5:30 p.m. where we will be interviewing a couple of the people who made this film possible.