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 forthcoming book Elgin Baylor: Basketball’s First Modern Player. 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 also a founding member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. in August 2009, he served as moderater 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 will be published in the forthcoming The Forties in America by Salem Press. Bayne has also served as a media relations or marketing consultant to Nike, the YMCA, the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Washington, D.C. Convention and Visitors Bureau (Destination DC) and various authors, artists, filmmakers and hotels.
He has been assigned the biographical essay on Ornette Coleman for Salem Press’ upcoming Great Lives from History: African Americans.
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 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 Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, Destination DC, Aviva Kempner, Jennifer Lawson, 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, Henry Aaron, Bill Russell, Richard Pryor, Sugar Ray Robinson, Thelonious Monk and Louis Armstrong.