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Pitmaster Derrick McCray’s journey from the streets to the end zone

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Derrick McCray

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents part one of a two-part discussion with Derrick McCray, senior owner and CEO of McCray's Backyard BBQ & Seafood, located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

McCray’s Backyard BBQ & Seafood is an 87-year family tradition in the McCray family. Originally Harvey’s Barbecue in West Palm Beach, the barbecue joint became a staple in the community and a landmark during segregation.

McCray talks about growing up in Riviera Beach, Florida; attending Florida A&M University, making bad choices; his short career in professional football; and taking over the family barbecue business.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., as well as weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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