Creator on dialogue of segregated black highschool soccer workforce within the Allen Public Library program Allen American

The Allen Public Library invites residents to listen to Michael Hurd, author of Thursday Night Lights: The History of Black High School Football in Texas, on May 13 at 7:30 pm

Former Dallas Morning News columnist James Ragland will host the program. James is a 32-year veteran on the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post. Former Dallas Cowboys recipient Tony Hill will introduce the speaker.

Thursday Night Lights was named one of the “Top 30 Texas Books for the 2010-2019 Decade” by the Texas Observer and one of the “Top 30 Books on Texas” by The Houston Chronicle.

Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas from 1920 to 1970. Separate high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart to the University Interscholastic League) included future NFL greats such as “Mean “Joe Green (Temple Dunbar), Otis Taylor and Bubba Smith Pollard.

Michael is also the author of Black College Football (1892-1992), the only book that fully documents the legacy of football programs at historically black colleges. He is currently a member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame selection committee and a board member of the Writers’ League of Texas, Trustee of Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

The conference can be viewed online at For more information, please call 214-509-4911.

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