Former Titans Football Coach Herman Boone Presents Black History Month Lecture
May 27, 2009
Herman Boone, former head coach of T.C. Williams High School Titans football team, presented the Black History Month Keynote Address at Mount Union on February 5.
Boone explained that in 1971 in Alexandria, Virginia, three high schools were brought together to form integrated T. C. Williams and the Titans football team was formed. The students didn’t like each other because they had previously been rivals and this tension was escalated by racial differences as well. However, the students eventually banded together to overcome their differences and work together as a team.
“They broke down a system of prejudice and hatred that almost broke apart a city and a school,” said Boone. “The Titans created trust, which created respect, which became the glue that held the team together.”
Boone applauded the work of many people who have changed America in terms of civil rights and diversity. He also explained the important events that occurred in February, what is now Black History Month. “Diversity is about who you are as an individual,” said Boone.
Boone is now retired, but continues to motivate audiences by speaking on diversity, teamwork, respect and community support.