Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/15/14
  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 Addresses: 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 ATTNFC website:www.NationsFootballClassic.com ATTNFC Twitter: @nationsclassic ATTNFC Facebook: www.Facebook.com/NationsFootballClassic Howard University website: www.howard.edu Morehouse College website: www.morehouse.edu

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