The creator of Thursday Evening Lights will talk about the historical past of black highschool soccer in Texas

Michael Hurd is the author of Thursday Night Lights: The History of Black High School Football in Texas.(Michael Hurd)

The Friday night lights of Texas high school football have assumed a mythical quality over the years, but Thursdays have a story of their own. Author Michael Hurd will attend a live virtual event for the Allen Public Library to discuss the largely unknown history of black high school football in the state.

Hurd’s Thursday Night Lights: The History of Black High School Football in Texas was named one of the Top 30 Texas Books for the 2010-19 Decade by The Texas Observer and one of the Top 30 Texas Books by the Houston Chronicle.

The live event will take place on May 13th at 7:30 p.m. on allentx.swagit.com. Former Dallas Morning News columnist James Ragland will host the program. Former Dallas Cowboys recipient Tony Hill will also attend.

Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring story of black high school football in Texas from 1920 to 1970. The separate high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the black equivalent of the University Interscholastic League) included future NFL greats like “Mean” Joe Greene, Otis Taylor and Charles “Bubba” Smith, who appeared in six Police Academy films after his all-pro careers.

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

For more information on the virtual event, please call 214-509-4911.

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