Born in Boston, 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. He 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 will present 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, Bayne 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, Bayne, 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 in the Jackie Robinson Lecture Series and the class, ‘Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, And The American Dream’. He served as public relations coordinator for the first Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival (August 2011). Bayne is a project adviser for a documentary film about Martha’s Vineyard (A Sense of Place).
Bayne is also a founding member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. In August 2009, he served as moderator for the Filmmakers’ Panel at the seventh annual Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (on the topic “Black Film In The Age of Obama”). In 2010 he was named a Guest Lecturer for Celebrity Cruise Lines- his topics include Baseball in the Caribbean and Latin America’s Baseball Legacy. Bayne also served on the editorial board of Hotel Executive magazine. In February 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his sports research from the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. He has written biographies for volumes such as Great Athletes (Second Revised Edition, Salem Press, Sept. 2009), Black Baseball and Chicago: Essays on the Players, Teams and Games of the Negro Leagues Most Important City (McFarland 2006), The Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball (McFarland 2006), the African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, Jan. 2008). His essay on the early NBA was published The Forties in America by Salem Press.
He wrote the biographical essay on Ornette Coleman for Salem Press’ Great Lives from History: African Americans. His essay on the assassination of Malcolm X, will appear in the book 50 Events That Shaped Black History *(ABL-CIO Press 2017).
Bayne’s chapter on Black baseball in North Carolina appears in the book Baseball in the Carolinas (McFarland 2002). He was a contributor to Basketball: A Biographical Dictionary (Greenwood 2005). In addition to appearing in the upcoming documentary on the historic International League Baltimore Orioles, “The Forgotten Birds”, Bayne has been interviewed and/or quoted by The Washington Post,Atlantic, AOL Fanhouse, Rack magazine, Slate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, SLAM magazine, OregonLive.com, and has guested on radio programs in Puerto Rico, New York, Boston, Providence, Durham, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. A member of United States Basketball Writers Association, his essay on schoolyard basketball appears in the anthology “Basketball in America” (Haworth 2005). Bayne has been a writing instructor in afterschool programs and at adult education centers, as well as a public relations writer. He has written for Salon, TheRoot.com- a Washington Post/Newsweek web affiliate, Washingtonian, Diversity Issues in Higher Education, and the Journal of Sports History. Bayne is cited in the book Basketball For Weekend Warriors (The Lyons Press 2005).
Bayne has guest lectured on the social significance of the life of Jackie Robinson each year since 1996 at The George Washington University, at classes, and events such as Charter Day 1996 and Unity Week in 1999. His travel articles have appeared in AAA Horizons, Family Digest, Atlanta Goodlife, Ohio magazine, Arrington’s Inn Traveler, and Hotel Executive, and his book reviews have been featured in Washington Post Book World, The Boston Herald, Wild River Review, and The Crisis. He has served as a consultant for film, television and corporate clients such as The Washington Historical Society, The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, Destination DC, Aviva Kempner, WHUT Channel 32 (Washington PBS), and WTTH in Chicago, Spike Lee, Nike, the books Wilt, and Spinning The Globe (the latter about the Harlem Globetrotters), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s On The Shoulders of Giants, and CINE. He is Washington publicist for the award-winning film, “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”. On June 10, 2006, Bayne was a panelist at the annual conference of Washington Independent Writers, on the topic of marketing as an independent writer. He is an Executive Board member, and Media Relations Director of the Association for Professional Basketball Research.
Bayne is a literary critic for The Bay State Banner, for whom he has written reviews of books about Willie Mays, Sugar Ray Robinson, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong.
Mr. Bayne is available for book signings, show guest appearances, film research, panels, and speaking engagements (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-577-6967).