EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - A film about football and how it was forever changed by a team at Michigan State University premieres Wednesday night.
Film-maker Maya Washington has been working on the documentary, "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar," for more than seven years.
The film highlights her father, Gene Washington, a former Michigan State standout and NFL wide receiver.
Washington played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Denver Broncos.
Maya Washington says this film is about more than football; it's about young black athletes in the peak of segregation.
"The players have all said what was unique about Michigan State is that they really felt embraced on campus," she said. "They felt welcomed. They felt they had enough support from their other teammates who were African American, but also support from the coaching staff to really feel like they belonged in this community."
The film premieres at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Hall on campus.
The event is free and open to the public and will include food and drinks.
A panel discussion will follow with MSU's past and present athletes. In attendance will be former football player Clinton Jones, current MSU football players Khari Willis and Cam Chambers, and track and field athletes Taylor Mullins and Denise Cayard-Spann.