Bijan C. Bayne
Bijan C. Bayne is an award-winning Washington-based freelance columnist and critic, and author of Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball, which was named to the Suggested Reading List of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. The book is also cited in Booktalks Plus: Motivating Teens to Read by Lucy Schall, and was named a Suggested Book of Interest by the organization Teachers Network, in 2010. Bijan has served as a branding consultant to Nike, Destination DC, The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Cincinnati, and Time & Place Luxury Homes. He is an editorial consultant to The World Bank, and has written ads for The US Navy SEALs and The US Coast Guard. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Bijan is also the author of the first biography of basketball hero Elgin Baylor. Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball, was named a Book That Inspires, by the Christian Science Monitor, and one of the Most 25 Inspiring Books of 2015, by Conversations Book Club. His book Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race & Class, was named a Must Read, by BET. In 2016, he served as a grants panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. In October 2016, he presented on the panel, Black Humor: Reflections on an American Tradition at the University of New Hampshire’s annual Black New England Conference. At the BNEC 2015, Bijan participated on two panels, one contrasting the film 42 with 1949’s The Jackie Robinson Story, the other on early Black sports in New England.
In July 2002, Bijan, who speaks Spanish, won the Robert Peterson Research Award for his presentation “The Struggle of the Latin American Ballplayer,” given at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. On April 14, 2011, The Jackie Robinson Society of The George Washington University honored Bayne with “…a teaching award in appreciation of your many years of special contribution to GW students through your participation.”