'Remember the Titans' coach to give talk Feb. 23

1:41:34 PM CDT - Friday, February 11, 2005

The inspirational story of how a black football coach, tasked with integrating a team in a town where racial tensions were high, came to life in the 2000 Disney film "Remember the Titans."

Although now retired from coaching, Herman Boone continues to talk to audiences about the respect, teamwork, community involvement and the importance of character that were depicted in the movie.

He'll deliver a lecture at WSU at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex.

Seth Konkel

Coach Herman Boone

In 1971, the city of Alexandria, Va., integrated its school system and named Boone its first consolidated head coach at T.C. Williams High School over legendary white coach Bill Yoast, a local favorite and successful head coach with several years seniority.

The former rivalries between the once-segregated schools, coupled with the strain between black and white players, resulted in a team that was far from united.

Boone was able to pull together and solidify a diverse coaching staff and an unfocused group of young boys into the most powerful football team in the state of Virginia. The team was ranked second in the nation by national polls. The willingness of these young men to talk to each other, along with their determination to win, brought together a city torn apart by prejudice and hatred.

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington portrayed Boone in the 2000 movie.

Before Boone's Feb. 23 lecture, "Remember the Titans" will be shown at WSU several times on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The rated PG film will be shown at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Rhatigan Student Center and at 6 p.m. in the CAC Theater.

The film screenings and Boone's lecture are free and open to the public. The events are being presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Activities Council with major funding by the Student Government Association.

Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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