Coach Boone from 'Remember the Titans' on campus 8 p.m., Feb. 25
Herman Boone, whose inspirational story was captured in the Disney film “Remember the Titans,” will be speaking at Marietta College’s Alma McDonough Auditorium at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25.
Boone’s appearance on campus is part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month, and it is free and open to the public.
In 1971, Boone faced the challenge of a lifetime when racial tensions in Alexandria, Va., rose to monumental proportions. That year, three high schools were combined to form T.C. Williams High School.
Instead of the local favorite and successful head coach of the formerly white high school, Boone was named head coach of the Titans. The coaching team of Boone and Bill Yoast put aside prejudices and unified players to form a squad whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games.
Through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were also able to help residents of their community look past their differences and join together to support the team, which became one of the best in Virginia. The 1971 Titans compiled a 13-0 record and went on to win the state championship.
The story was made into a movie starring Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington.
Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement and importance of character, among others.