“Remember the Titans” coach to speak on campus
Herman Boone, retired T.C. Williams High School football coach and inspiration for the movie “Remember the Titans,” will speak on campus later this month.
In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Va., as three schools were integrated to form T.C. Williams High School. In events later captured in the Disney movie, Boone – portrayed on-screen by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington – faced the challenge of uniting black and white players from previously rival schools into one newly created Titans football team.
Now retired from coaching, Boone gives presentations to a wider audience on respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character.
Boone’s appearance is being co-sponsored by Humana and St. Norbert College. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Walter Theatre at 7 p.m., Feb. 19.
Boone’s presentation is offered as part of Black History Month programming on campus. Other events include:
- Riverside University High School Gospel Choir, Wednesday, Feb. 6: The gospel choir leads worship at Common Prayer, 10 a.m. in Old St. Joe’s.
- Soul Food Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 23: A celebration of the contributions of African-Americans to scholarship, music and cuisine. Admission includes a buffet-style dinner featuring traditional African-American dishes. This year’s keynote speaker is Gregory Cooke, co-director of “Choc’late Soldiers,” a documentary about African-American soldiers in World War II. Cooke will be speaking about his current project, “Invisible Warriors,” which tells the stories of African-American “Rosie the Riveters” – women who worked in factories during the same period. Tickets can be ordered online at the Box Office or by calling 920-403-3950.