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Release Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Howard Gears Up for Inaugural
AT&T Nation's Football Classic™ Weekend

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2011) – Two of the nation’s preeminent Historically Black Colleges, Howard University and Morehouse College, will kickoff the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ with a number of related activities and events beginning next week.
The Howard vs. Morehouse football game is set for RFK Stadium on Saturday, Sept.10 beginning at 3:30 p.m., marking their first match up in 14 years. Related events include the UNCF Empower Me Tour, the Nation’s Football Classic™ Kickoff Rally, an HBCU Alumni Networking Reception and the Nation’s Football Classic™ Fan Festival. There will also be a Presidential Symposium, a Student Debate and an HBCU College Showcase and Recruitment Fair co-hosted by Howard and Morehouse.

All events are free to the general public (except for the football game). Students, alumni, HBCU football fans and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate in the various discussions, networking opportunities and educational experiences.


Thursday, September 8  
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Presidential Symposium: Beyond the Stereotypes – Academics, Athletics, Character and Black Male Achievement

Howard University Cramton Auditorium.

Friday, September 9  
10 a.m. - 3 p.m

UNCF Empower Me Tour / HBCU College Showcase and Recruitment Fair

Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Noon - 2 p.m. AT&T Kickoff Rally Downtown D.C. location.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m The Game Before The Game: Howard vs. Morehouse Student Debate Howard University Cramton Auditorium.
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. HBCU Alumni Networking Reception DC Renaissance Hotel.

Saturday, September 10  
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pepsi MAX Fan Festival

RFK Stadium Festival Grounds.
3:30 p.m. AT&T Nation’s Football Classic™ Howard University vs. Morehouse College RFK Stadium

Sunday, September 11  
11 a.m. Chapel Service (Morehouse President Robert Franklin delivers keynote address) Howard University Rankin Chapel at Cramton Auditorium.

About the Nation's Football Classic™
The Nation's Football Classic™ is a black college football game held annually at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. This year, the game features Howard University against Morehouse College. Organized by Events DC, the Nation's Football Classic™ was created to celebrate the passion and tradition of the college football experience, recognize the history of service to others by the students, faculty and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, highlight the unity of African American culture, and honor the heritage and excellence of these proud institutions. Tickets for the Nation’s Football Classic™ are on sale at, the Howard University Box Office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Seats are priced at $15, $25, $40, $50 and $60.

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About Howard University
Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

About Morehouse College
As the nation’s largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College was recently recognized as the number one liberal arts college in the nation by Washington Monthly; one of 45 “Best Buy” schools for 2011 by the Fiske Guide to Colleges; one of the nation’s Most Grueling Colleges in 2010 by The Huffington Post; the number three HBCU in the nation for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report; and as one of American’s Best Colleges for three consecutive years by Forbes magazine.

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