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Release Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:31 PM
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Wendy Raquel Robinson and Fonzworth Bentley return to co-host AT&T Kickoff Rally Friday;
Raheem DeVaughn, Experience Unlimited (E.U.) and Mambo Sauce to perform at Pepsi® Fan Festival Saturday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 14, 2013) – Howard University, Morehosue College and Events DC today announced several participants for the 3rd annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® weekend, scheduled to be held Thursday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C. The football game features Howard University vs. Morehouse College on Saturday, Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium.

Getting into the spirit of the weekend, Wendy Raquel Robinson (Howard) and Fonzworth Bentley (Morehouse) return to co-host the AT&T Kickoff Rally in support of their alma maters on Friday, Sept. 6. Music fans can help AT&T choose between two up and coming R&B artists to perform as the opening musical act by voting #ATTNFCAdrian or #ATTNFCJarvis here. The one with the most votes performs.

In addition, D.C. favorites Raheem DeVaughn, Experience Unlimited (E.U.) and Mambo Sauce will perform on the AT&T Soundstage during the Pepsi® Fan Festival prior to the football game on Saturday. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and a Morehouse alumnus, will deliver the sermon at Chapel Service on Sunday.

This year’s official Classic party, “Friday Night Lights,” will be held at The Howard Theatre on Friday. Ticket information and additional details will be announced at a later date.

All events are free and open to the public (except football game & Classic party). Students, alumni, football fans and all other interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate in the various entertainment events, networking opportunities and educational experiences.

All lower bowl tickets for the game are $25, and mezzanine tickets are $50 (plus applicable fees). Tickets are currently on sale at, Ticketmaster outlets, the Howard University Box Office located at Cramton Auditorium (Mon-Fri/10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and the Morehouse College Bookstore (Mon-Fri/10 a.m.–2 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m).

Events free and open to public except as noted

Thursday, September 5

Doors open 9:00 a.m. 

9:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Presidential Symposium: "The Essence of the HBCU Experience"
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.
9:30-9:40 a.m.: Symposium Welcome
9:40-10:45 a.m.: HBCU Presidential Forum
11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: The Next Step in "The Long Walk: A Candle in the Dark"
2:10-3:15 p.m.: Why I Chose to Attend an HBCU
3:40-4:45 p.m.: Keepers of the Culture

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
9:30 Club (801 V St. NW)
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 music.

Co-hosts: Wendy Raquel Robinson and Fonzworth Bentley
9:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. “Friday Night Lights” – Official Classic party (Ticketed event)
The Howard Theatre

Saturday, September 7
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
3:30 p.m.  AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® (Ticketed event)
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: The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ – Chicago, Ill.

About the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®

The AT&T 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 AT&T 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 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® are on sale now at, Ticketmaster outlets, the Howard University Box Office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College Bookstore. Seats are priced at $25 and $50.

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital.  Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory.  Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. 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, 30 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

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