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March 28: Documentary Film 'Through the Banks of the Red Cedar'

Screening is at 7 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium. A panel discussion will be held at 8:20 p.m.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-20-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – A screening of “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” a documentary film about the historical impact desegregation had on college athletics and how it helped shape today’s profession, will be shown Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium (located in the University’s Centennial Student Union).

The event is free for students and the public. A post-screening panel Q&A will begin at 8:20 p.m. The film will be an option-captioned screening and have an American Sign Language-interpreted discussion to ensure the event is accessible.

The panel Q&A will include discussions about early African American pioneers in college and professional sports. Kenneth Reid, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Center for African American Affairs, will be the moderator. The panel will include the filmmaker, Maya Washington, and former Michigan State and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington.

“Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” is a story about how Michigan State’s head football coach, Duffy Daugherty, decided to integrate his football team in 1963, leading to sweeping changes during the height of the civil rights movement in America.

The film was produced by Maya Washington, daughter of Gene Washington, who was part of Daugherty’s integrated football team. The film is being shown at universities and film festivals nationwide.

“What happened 50 years ago is still relevant today. The film is a tribute to my dad and the men of his generation who paved the way for African-American athletes in college and professional sports,” said Maya Washington. “I think, for our generation, what I am hoping the film does is sort of create this bridge. I feel like there’s a lot to be learned from my dad’s generation. From how they overcome real, serious obstacles and confronted a lot of unfortunate injustices so that we could have the life that we have today.”

This event is sponsored by the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment and organized by the University’s Office of the President, the Student Events Team and Center for African American Affairs.

This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information, please contact Josh Corbin at or call 507-581-0838.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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