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Published on Oct 1, 2015

Credits: mOcean, Running Water Entertainment, Maya Washington

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Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, a play on the Michigan State University fight song, follows the 50 year legacy of the filmmaker’s father, legendary Vikings wide-receiver Gene Washington (College Football Hall of Fame, Big Ten Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame, 50 Greatest Vikings Honoree) from the segregated South to MSU alongside highly decorated teammates Bubba Smith (Defensive Lineman), George Webster (Rover Back) and Clinton Jones (Running Back) as they become members of the first fully integrated football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 Draft.

The film unfolds through the eyes of the filmmaker, Maya Washington, Gene's youngest daughter, as she uncovers her father's journey and the impact of this legacy on the present generation. She follows the current MSU Spartan Football team on the road to the 2014 Rose Bowl. Maya and current MSU Spartan players reflect on the idea that very few, if any, African Americans had the opportunity to play college or pro football just fifty years ago, a concept that is hard to fathom in twenty-first century post-racial America.

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