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The HBCU Football Classic Experience? What are HBCUs? HBCUs are historically black colleges and universities that were established to serve the educational needs of African Americans. The establishment of HBCUs brought hope at a time when African Americans were denied admission to traditionally white institutions. At one point, HBCUs served as the principle means for providing post secondary education during the critical times in America’s racial history. It wasn’t until 1980 that President Jimmy Carter signed an Executive Order to establish a federal program to address the effects of discriminatory treatment, and to strengthen and expand the capacity of historically black colleges and universities to provide quality education. The very first black football classic began in 1924 with the establishment of the Turkey Day Classic between Alabama State College and Tuskegee Institute in Montgomery, Alabama. Since then, black college football and its pageantry of events have become a nationally recognized entity, and continue to solidify its ranking among those sporting activities that impact their community. For over 80 years, black college football classics have become an integral part of the 105 black colleges and universities that exist today in the United States. Each of these classics hold a significant piece of the black college experience, and provide opportunities for communities across America to celebrate diversity in education. There are three categories of black college football classics. The first category is the traditional rivalry between two schools. A few of these classics have grown in popularity much that they are played at neither campuses. Classics such as the Bayou Classic (Grambling State vs. Louisiana State), Capital City Classic ( Jackson State vs. Alcorn State), Aggie-Eagle Classic (North Carolina A&T vs. North Carolina Central) are well known and respected classics that continue to grow and impact their schools and communities. The second category of classics are host schools who play various opponents each year at a neutral site. The hosting schools have significant financial gain from their events, and are inspirations for other black colleges and universities to follow suit. The Gulf Coast Classic in Alabama features Alabama State University, and the Gateway Classic in Florida features Bethune-Cookman College. The third category of classics have an identity of their own, and are typically sponsored by organizations in the black community. These classics expand across the United States from New York to L.A., and they generally invite various black colleges to play every year. This category of classics along with the first category probably establishes the record as the highest grossing in revenues. Organizations such as the Urban League, the 100 Black Men, the Indiana Black Expo, the San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, and Independent Black Business such as the Romar Group and the St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation are just a few of the many groups that have come to recognize the financial benefits of such an event. A number of these classics have injected from 10 to 50 million dollars into the local economy of the community they serve, thus creating multiple opportunities for students, schools, small businesses, and their community at large to become benefactors of services created.

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01/01/2020

Black College Football Classics's cover photo

01/01/2020

Happy New Year Football Classic Fans!

12/14/2019

Hey black college football classic fans, share your classic experience and photos with us! We want to see what you are doing!!! Share now!!!

01/21/2019

New Year - Great Classics on the rise!!

06/24/2018

Show your favorite classic some love!

11/25/2017
Bayou Classic

Bayou Classic

Starting off the P&G's Crest 3D White Toothpaste's Halftime show with the Southern University and A&M College - Baton Rouge, LA's Southern University Marching Band. #WeAreOne

09/23/2017
HBCU Gameday

HBCU Gameday

Our band of the week goes to the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands. With an undefeated football team and a band that's hitting all the right notes, Tennessee State University has a lot to be proud of. Congrats #AOBNation

09/23/2017
Real Talk with Mike Steele

Real Talk with Mike Steele

"Praise is What I Do" The Florida A&M Marching 100! Thank me later!!!

Here are the top 5 HBCU band halftime shows from Week 1
09/07/2017
Here are the top 5 HBCU band halftime shows from Week 1

Here are the top 5 HBCU band halftime shows from Week 1

Week 1 of the college football season is in the books with a couple of HBCU football programs; this one, and particularly, this one, getting national attention for wins over FBS programs. But an HB…

09/05/2017

Retweeted HBCU Buzz (@HBCUBuzz):

Mister and Miss Tuskegee University and their royal court are all smiles after winning the Labor Day Classic 👑❤️💛 https://t.co/2tfQFxd3Nt

Nation’s Football Classic Cancelled
08/26/2017
Nation’s Football Classic Cancelled

Nation’s Football Classic Cancelled

For the past six years, the football teams of historically black colleges and universities faced off in the annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic at the historic RFK Stadium in Southeast. But this year, the fledgling

2017 Preseason Poll: The Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands
08/26/2017
2017 Preseason Poll: The Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands

2017 Preseason Poll: The Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands

It’s that time of year of again. We’re literally hours away from the start of the season. Yes, you’ve guest it, HBCU marching band season. (What? Did you think we were talking football season?) HBC…

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08/22/2017

Black College Football Classics's cover photo

08/22/2017
Jackson State University

Jackson State University

Another great #TheeMerge is in the books! Be sure to "like" the Sonic Boom of The South page and subscribe to the YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/jsubands) for more videos from the event!

07/14/2017

What is your favorite all-time black college football classic?

Football Classic Feature: The Florida Blue Florida Classic Started in November 1978Official rivalry game between Bethune...
05/05/2017
Florida Classic

Football Classic Feature: The Florida Blue Florida Classic

Started in November 1978

Official rivalry game between Bethune-Cokeman University and Florida A&M University.

For more information on official classic events, visit:
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Twitter: @Florida_Classic
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The largest HBCU football game in the country, hands down. Sponsored by Florida Blue, run by FAMU and B-CU and managed by Florida Citrus Sports

Alabama State Honey Bees
04/20/2017

Alabama State Honey Bees

04/20/2017
Steve Harvey - Honey Beez

Steve Harvey - Honey Beez

Honey Beez perform on STEVE HARVEY. Get more info at steveharveyTV.com.

Howard University ranks No. 1 among top 10 HBCUs
01/12/2017
Howard University ranks No. 1 among top 10 HBCUs

Howard University ranks No. 1 among top 10 HBCUs

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings of the top historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are in, with Howard University topping the list. Howard, located in W…

01/04/2017

Black College Football Classics reset: Recharge for the 2017 Black College Football Season

Retweeted HBCU Lifestyle (@HBCU_Lifestyle):Lane College gets a $50000 upgrade, new archway to be built on campus - WBBJ-...
01/04/2017
Lane College gets a $50,000 upgrade, new archway to be built on campus - WBBJ TV

Retweeted HBCU Lifestyle (@HBCU_Lifestyle):

Lane College gets a $50000 upgrade, new archway to be built on campus - WBBJ-TV https://t.co/RpmLaDXGyk

JACKSON, Tenn — A big change is coming for Jackson’s historically black college. “This is a big thing for Lane College,” said Richard Donnell, senior advisor to the college president. Drivers crossing the railroad tracks on Lane Avenue will soon see a new addition. “We’re going to put an overhead ar...

01/04/2017

It's all about the bands baby!

12/01/2016

Enjoying the classics this season?

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09/16/2016

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HBCU Rankings 2016: Top 25 Schools from US News
09/11/2016
HBCU Rankings 2016: Top 25 Schools from US News

HBCU Rankings 2016: Top 25 Schools from US News

U.S. News has announced its HBCU Rankings 2016. Find out which HBCU's made the list of top 25 schools and which ones moved up in the rankings from 2015

HBCU Classics Football Schedule 2016
09/11/2016
HBCU Classics Football Schedule 2016

HBCU Classics Football Schedule 2016

Love Black College football? See our 2016 HBCU Classics football schedule that begins on Labor Day weekend and ends in mid December.

09/02/2016

Time to get this party started! Which game is your all-time favorite black college football classic?

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04/08/2016

Black College Football Classics's cover photo

Steve Harvey to ASU football team: 'Don't blow your shot'
04/03/2016
Steve Harvey to ASU football team: 'Don't blow your shot'

Steve Harvey to ASU football team: 'Don't blow your shot'

After Steve Harvey's partnership with Alabama State University was announced Saturday, the comedian and television host wasted no time in making his presence felt on campus.

Turkey Day Classic gets a boost!
04/03/2016

Turkey Day Classic gets a boost!

Comedian Steve Harvey visited campus today and announced a special partnership with ASU with plans to reignite the Turkey Day Classic. He said he is going to use his influence to bring “Hollywood to ASU” for homecoming 2016. #myASU #steveharveyASU #TDC16 #opportunityishere #steveharvey

Top 5 HBCU Dance Lines 2016 | HBCU Buzz
04/02/2016
Top 5 HBCU Dance Lines 2016 | HBCU Buzz

Top 5 HBCU Dance Lines 2016 | HBCU Buzz

It is common knowledge that sporting events at historically black colleges and universities are not popular for sports, alone. Yes, the athletes do draw la

01/01/2016

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