Remember the Titans Coach
8:00 p.m., January 13, 2011
Herman Boone is the coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the popular film Remember the Titans (2000). The movie takes place in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, when the city integrated its school system and appointed Boone, an African-Native American, as the first head football coach at T. C. Williams High School over a white coach with several years of seniority. Remarkably, Boone was able to unify a diverse coaching staff, an unfocused team, and a city divided by prejudice and hate to produce one of the most powerful football programs in Virginia’s history. His team won the 1971 Virginia State Championship. According to then-President Richard Nixon, “the team saved the city of Alexandria.” Boone's talk is part of the Diversity Speaker Series.