The incredibly skilled and grand talent pool that fuels the multi-billion dollar college football industry could never have been what it is today without diversity amongst players. Right now, the incumbent Heisman Trophy winner and national champion quarterback is an African-American. The NCAA used to stand on a backward and limiting social structure. Therefore, those who had to blaze the trail for black college football players had to do it themselves. Those early competitors are celebrated every year at the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic.
Rival programs from Morehouse College and Howard University will take each other on once again on September 13th to extend a tradition that’s over 90 years old. Both schools are Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This title pays homage to the critical role the schools played in giving generations of black football players the opportunity to compete, showcase their skills and progress towards a fully integrated league.
Today, the invaluable influence offered by these competitors is honored in an exceptional display of entertainment surrounding the game. The AT&T Kickoff Rally takes place the night before the game on Friday, September 12th. This opening event will be a full on party with recording artists and famous hosts. The next day, fans can enjoy games, music and exhibits at the Pepsi Fan Festival before the game. Pepsi’s festival will be at RFK Stadium where the game will be played. Then at 3:30pm on the 13th, the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers will square off against the Howard University Bison for the main event. The weekend will come to a close with a chapel service at Howard University on Sunday.
We honor Martin Luther King Jr. by taking the day off of work. We show children the history of the civil rights movement in an effort to foster open minds. Football, an American institution, is an exciting and effective way to pay homage to the past and move proudly into the future.