Author Series - Michael Hurd


At a time when “Friday night lights” shone only on white high school football games, African American teams across Texas burned up the gridiron on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The segregated high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart of the University Interscholastic League, which excluded black schools from membership until 1967) created an exciting brand of football that produced hundreds of outstanding players, many of whom became college All-Americans, All-Pros, and Pro Football Hall of Famers, including NFL greats such as “Mean” Joe Greene (Temple Dunbar), Otis Taylor (Houston Worthing), Dick “Night Train” Lane (Austin Anderson), Ken Houston (Lufkin Dunbar), and Bubba Smith (Beaumont Charlton-Pollard).


Copies of the book are available for purchase from The Dock Bookshop. 


About Michael Hurd

Michael Hurd is the director of Prairie View A&M University’s Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture and serves on the selection committee for the Black College Football Hall of Fame. He has worked as a sports writer for the Houston Post, the Austin American-Statesman, USA Today, and Yahoo Sports, and is the author of Black College Football, 1892–1992: One Hundred Years of History, Education, and Pride.


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