Former American high school football coach and inspiration for the 2000 film “Remember the Titans,” Herman Boone will join the Hobart and William Smith campus for a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 16. Boone will deliver a talk on respect, teamwork and community involvement at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room.
In 1971, racial tensions peaked at TC Williams High school in Alexandria, Va., when three segregated schools merged. In addition to integrated classrooms, members of all three football teams were forced to share the field – creating conflict within the team.
Boone, who had been appointed head coach, fought the racial intolerance, leading his team through an undefeated season. Bringing together a community once divided by prejudice, Boone’s Titans made it to the state championships that year. Boone has since retired, but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentation and talks.
This moving story of unity through adversity inspired the film, “Remember the Titans”, starring Denzel Washington as Boone. Prior to Boone’s talk, there will be a screening of “Remember the Titans” on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Albright Auditorium.
Both events are sponsored by Student Activities. The public is welcome to attend.