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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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 “More Than A Game” Events Spotlight the Value of HBCUs and Latest Change Agents During AT&T Nation’s Football Classic Week

WASHINGTON (August 29, 2013) – Howard University and Morehouse College are gearing up for the “More Than A Game” activities that are planned as part of the third annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® weekend, held Thursday, Sept. 5, through Sunday, Sept. 8, in  Washington, DC.

This year’s activities include the highly anticipated Mordecai Wyatt Johnson — Benjamin E. Mays Student Debate. The debate’s resolutions will address balancing national security interests with individual privacy and a single-payer funded healthcare system. The debate will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, in Cramton Auditorium from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the Presidential Symposium will explore topics that highlight the diverse contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the development of our nation and global community. Participants in the first session will include Howard University 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, will moderate. The first session will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium. For the live stream of the symposium, visit here.

The second morning session, “Next Step in the Long Walk: A Candle in the Dark,” will explore the legacy of HBCUs and ways to develop a strategic path for the future. The panel will feature Howard professors Greg Carr, Ivory A. Toldson and Dana Williams and Morehouse professors Bryant T. Marks and David Wall Rice. Retired HBCU president Tilden J. LeMelle will moderate the session, which begins at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.

In the first afternoon session, undergraduates will reflect on “Why I Chose to Attend an HBCU.” Panelists will explore the uniqueness of the Morehouse, Howard and Spelman experiences at the undergraduate level. The panelists are Howard University students Alexis Boyd, Dominique Perkins and Layla June West, Morehouse student A.J. Simpson, and Spelman student Shanteal Lavern Lake. Howard Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, will moderate.

The final session of the Presidential Symposium, “Keepers of the Culture,” will delve into the one-of-a-kind HBCU cultural experience. The discussion will include topics associated with music, fashion, talent shows, marching bands, and homecoming festivities. The panel will include Jeff Burns, Jr., author of The Brotherhood of Drew Hall, and Franchell “Frenchie” Davis, Grammy-nominated artist and vocalist who appeared on American Idol and The Voice. Marcus Ware of Howard University’s Office of Student Affairs will moderate.

The Nation’s Classic “More Than a Game” activities will also include the Sept. 8, Rankin Memorial Chapel Service, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at Cramton Auditorium on Howard’s campus.  The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ – Chicago, Ill, is the guest speaker.

Earlier this month, Events DC announced several celebrity participants for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® weekend festivities. For more information, click here. Tickets are on sale at 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.). Tickets are also on sale at

Visit the AT&T NFC Newsletter here for more details.

Note to Media:
For game day media credentials on Saturday, Sept. 7, visit the online credentialing system at Please submit one application per organization. Submission deadline is Friday, August 30.

Events free and open to public except as noted

Thursday, September 5
Doors open 9:00 a.m.              Presidential Symposium: “The Essence of the HBCU Experience”
9:30 a.m. – 4:45 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.
                                                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 Howard                                                 and Morehouse, 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, IL

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, DC. 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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