Inspiration for "Remember the Titans" coming to The Citadel
Herman Boone, the inspiration for Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington's character in the movie "Remember the Titans" will visit The Citadel on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002.
Boone will discuss his experience as the first black football coach of the T.C. Williams High Titans, an integrated football team in Alexandria, Va. in 1971. The lecture, which is sponsored by The Citadel Department of Multicultural Student Services, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
native of Rocky Mount, N.C., Boone, now 67, became a teacher and coach
so he could motivate youngsters. In 1958 he accepted his first teaching
position at L.H. Foster High School in Blackstone, Va., where he coached
football, basketball and baseball. His teams garnered very impressive
stats with 26 wins, six losses and three district championships.
"Remember the Titans" portrays Boone's efforts to overcome racial strife in the community and among his coaches and players as he produced a No. 2 nationally ranked football team.