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Through the Banks of the Red Cedar: My Father and the Team That Changed the Game by [Maya Washington]

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month: History

“An immensely moving tribute to her father, former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Gene Washington…Readers will be enthralled and heartened by this unique look at the way sports can influence society.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The book should appeal to college football enthusiasts, especially those interested in how racial issues impacted the sport during the 20th century.” Kirkus Reviews

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If you are inspired by films like Remember the Titans and The Blind Side, then you’ll likely find yourself loving Maya Washington’s memoir about her father’s legacy in the world of American football.

Maya grew up knowing that her father, Gene Washington, had been a star college athlete at Michigan State University and a professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings, but it wasn’t until she began having candid conversations with her father and his former teammates that she discovered how they broke racial barriers in the 1960s and ultimately changed the game forever.

I found myself drawn to Maya’s warm and engaging voice as she traces her father’s journey from the segregated Jim Crow South to the North and captures what it was like for him to be one of the few Black players on the team. Maya develops a newfound appreciation for the game and a deeper connection to her father. I was moved by how Gene Washington helped pave the way for aspiring young Black athletes today and I bet you will be too.

—Carmen Johnson, Editor

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QJ7HWP4
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little A (January 1, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 1, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 14264 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 233 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542016665
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Maya Washington is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker (writer/director/producer), actress, writer, poet, creative director, photographer, and arts educator. She is dedicated to social-impact stories that illuminate aspects of the human experience that are untold or rarely seen or that might benefit from new approaches to issues of diversity and inclusion. For more information visit

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