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Spartans blended race in 1960s

Originally Published: February 21, 2013
By By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

As old men, they've come to appreciate how their Michigan State teams, which blended white, black, North and South, reflected a changing America during a defining decade.

But as young men, they anchored themselves in the moment. While racial and civil unrest raged around them, they lived in a green zone of sorts -- an "atmosphere of acceptance," as former quarterback Jimmy Raye put it -- a world apart from their homes in more ways than one.

They came to Michigan State's lush ...

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