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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Howard Spotlights the ‘Magic of HBCUs’ During  AT&T Nation’s Football Classic

WASHINGTON (September 10, 2013) – College presidents and student leaders shared insights about the special significance of Black colleges and debaters sparred over privacy and healthcare laws while the Morehouse College and Howard University marching bands and football teams battled on the field at the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic weekend.

At the football game, held at RFK Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7, Howard quarterback Greg McGhee led the Bison to a 27-16 win over Morehouse. McGhee, who was named the game’s MVP, passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Howard’s defense recorded nine sacks. McGhee said the Bison’s ability to control the tempo of the game was the key to success. Howard has now won each of the three contests.

Each year, Howard and Morehouse plan a series of academic activities under the “More Than A Game” banner during the week leading up to the classic. This year, a presidential symposium explored topics that highlighted the diverse contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Symposium participants included Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau, Paul Quinn College President Michael J. Sorrell, and Tennessee State University President Glenda Baskin Glover. David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, also participated.

The college presidents said HBCUs are more relevant and important than ever. President Ribeau said other universities should look to Black colleges to learn about the effectiveness of HBCUs.

“What we should be asking is how non-minority institutions can learn the magic of HBCUs,” Ribeau said. “What happens on our campus changes lives. It’s a transformational experience.”

This year’s “More Than A Game” activities included the highly anticipated Mordecai Wyatt Johnson — Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate on Friday. The debate’s resolutions addressed balancing national security interests with individual privacy and the constitutionality of the single-payer funded healthcare system.

The Nation’s Classic “More Than a Game” activities also included Sunday’s Rankin Memorial Chapel Service, featuring Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago.


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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