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Remember the Titans coach to speak at Olivet College
Sep 24, 2004

OLIVET, Mich. Herman Boone, whose inspirational story was captured in the movie Remember the Titans, will speak at Olivet College Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Upton Center. The movie, starring Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington, focuses on Boones experience as the head football coach at T.C. Williams High School in racial divided Alexandria, Va., in 1971. His presentation, which is part of Olivets Lecture and Symposium Series, will emphasize respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character. The event is free and open to the public.


In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, as three schools were integrated to form the T.C. Williams High School. It was from this union that the Titan football team was created. The former rivalries between the schools coupled with the strain between the black and white players resulted in a team that was far from united.


Tensions only escalated when Boone was named head coach of the Titans, passing over the local favorite and successful head coach of the former white Hammond High School, whose supporters were angered by Boones appointment. The two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices, and in doing so, they unified their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and winning the state championship.


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