Listen to Michael Hurd, the author of Thursday Night Lights, The Story of Black High School Football in Texas,” at a live virtual event, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at allentx.swagit.com Former Dallas Morning News columnist James Ragland will moderate the program. James is a 32-year veteran of The Dallas Morning News and The Washington Post. Former Dallas Cowboy receiver Tony Hill will introduce the speaker.
Thursday Night Lights was named one of the 30 best Texas books for the 2010-2019 decade by the Texas Observer, and one of the 30 most essential books about Texas by the Houston Chronicle.
Thursday Night Lights tells the inspiring, largely unknown story of African American high school football in Texas from 1920-1970. The segregated high schools in the Prairie View Interscholastic League (the African American counterpart of 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 comprehensively documents the legacies of football programs at historically Black colleges, and he currently serves on the selection committee for the Black College Football Hall of Fame. He is also a board member for the Writers' League of Texas, a trustee with the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.