Events For The 3rd Annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic in DC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Classic Rivalry. Classic Tradition. Classic Fun! Events for the 3rd annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® begin this Thursday, starting with the Presidential Symposium: “The Essence of the HBCU Experience” at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, and continue through Sunday. The full weekend of events showcases the heritage and tradition that are synonymous with the black college experience, which has been the focus of the Classic since its inception in 2011. Click HERE for 2013 schedule of events.

The highlight of the weekend is the 36th meeting on the football field between the Howard University Bison and Morehouse College Maroon Tigers on Saturday, September 7 at RFK Stadium (3:30 p.m.). Only four points have separated the two teams during the first two Classics, with Howard edging the Maroon Tigers in 2011 (30-27) and 2012 (30-29). Tickets for the game are on sale now via Ticketmaster, and the RFK Stadium Box Office starting Thursday.

For a look at what’s to come in 2013, click HERE to view photos from the first two AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® weekends. 

Thursday, September 5

Doors open 9:00 a.m.              Presidential Symposium: “The Essence of the HBCU Experience”

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.              Howard University Cramton Auditorium

Through panel discussions, this symposium explores topics of importance that highlight the diverse contributions of HBCUs to the development of our nation and the global community.


                                                Suggested media coverage times:

Welcome and Overview; HBCU Presidential Forum; Keepers of the Culture


9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.: Welcome and Overview


9:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Session 1 – HBCU Presidential Forum

Mr. David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (moderator)

Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau, President, Howard University

                        Mr. Michael Sorrell, Esq., President, Paul Quinn College

                        Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, President, Tennessee State University


11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Session 2 – The Next Step in “The Long Walk: A Candle in the Dark”

Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Associate Professor of Psychology, Morehouse College

Dr. Dana Williams, Chair, Department of English, Howard University

Dr. Greg Carr, Chair, Department of Afro-American Studies, Howard University


2:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.:  Session 3 – Why I Chose to Attend an HBCU

Mr. A.J. Simonton, Student Govt President, Morehouse College

Ms. Dominique Perkins, Student Govt Vice President, Howard University

Ms. Shanteal Lavern Lake, Senior, Spelman College


3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Session 4 – Keepers of the Culture

Mr. Jeff Burns Jr., Author of “The Brotherhood of Drew Hall”

Ms. Franchell “Frenchie” Davis, Grammy Nominated artist, Appeared on American Idol and The Voice

                                                Mr. Ralph Remingon, Director of Theatre and Musical Theatre, National Endowment for the Arts

Mr. Chris Washington, National President, Howard University Alumni Association


Friday, September 6

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.              “The Game Before The Game”: Mordecai Wyatt Johnson –

Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate

Howard University Cramton Auditorium

Witness the academic rivalry between Howard and Morehouse as they showcase each school’s tradition of developing great orators.

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.              AT&T Kickoff Rally (show begins at 7:00 p.m.)

9:30 Club

Join the fun at the official Kickoff Rally in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. The Rally will feature representatives from both schools, city officials and performances.

Co-Hosts – Wendy Raquel Robinson and Fonzworth Bentley; Performance – TBD; Appearances – Morehouse and Howard cheerleaders and drumlines


9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.              “Friday Night Lights” – Official Classic Party (ticketed event)

                                                The Howard Theatre

Late Night Host Lance Gross; Deejay – DJ Money, WKYS

                                                Performance – Elle Varner


Saturday, September 7

9:00 a.m. – End of halftime    RFK Stadium Box Office Open

RFK Stadium – Main Gate

9:00 a.m.                                 Stadium Parking Lots Open

RFK Stadium

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.            Pepsi® Fan Festival

RFK Stadium Festival Grounds – Lot 5

Fan Festival featuring games, music and exhibit booths.

Performances on the AT&T Soundstage: Raheem DeVaughn,

Experience Unlimited (E.U.) and Mambo Sauce

2:30 p.m.                                 Stadium Gates Open

RFK Stadium

3:30 p.m.                                 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®  – Howard vs. Morehouse (ticketed)

RFK Stadium

Howard University Bison vs. Morehouse College Maroon Tigers

Sunday, September 8

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.            Chapel Service

Howard University Rankin Chapel at Cramton Auditorium

Speaker – Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago Illinois/Member, Board of Trustees, Morehouse College


9:30 Club. 815 V Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001

Howard University Greene Stadium. 2400 Sixth Street, NW. Washington, DC 20059

Eastern Senior High School. 1700 East Capitol Street, NE. Washington, DC 20003

JW Marriott. 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Washington, DC 20004

Howard University Cramton Auditorium. 2455 Sixth Street, NW. Washington, DC 20059

The Howard Theatre. 620 T St NW. Washington, DC 20001

RFK Stadium. 2400 East Capitol Street, SE. Washington, DC 20003


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One thought on “Events For The 3rd Annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic in DC

  • Quote from Dr. Boyce Watkins, “The wealth extraction from the black community by the NCAA easily exceeds one billion dollars.”
    Add to that a quote from former XM The Power radio host Warren Ballentine, “All black athletes should only attend HBCU’s.”
    Here is my quote, “The State of Florida, which recently acquitted George Zimmerman, are currently recruiting the best black athletes to attend their two public universities. COllege athletics is a multi-billion dollar a year business that heavily depends on unpaid black athletes for yearly eleven figure profits. The best way to boycott is through money. In conclusion, when these universities try to recruit your sons and daughters, just say no to the Gators and the Seminoles.”

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