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img-1They came to cheer for their local heroes as well as enjoy the high stepping marching bands.

img-2The fledging rivalry ended briefly from 1932- 1940 World War II (1943-44).

img-3From 1945, it has been one of the most highly attended black college football games in the country. Read more...

Dr. Harrison B. Wilson
 A Performer...A Visionary...A Leader
"I came to help resolve the problem that (Norfolk State) was facing with the threat of being merged with another school and losing its unique identity...but my whole idea was to create a top-flight university."
Dr. Harrison B. Wilson's legacy began as an honor graduate at Kentucky State University where he captained the football and basketball teams.
His first coaching job at Jackson State was the men's basketball team before he earned his doctorate from Indiana University. He was a winning football coach at Tennessee State before moving to Norfolk State where he served as the second president of Norfolk State University from 1975-1997 and led the school to academic and athletic supremacy in HBCU history. 

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This Month in Black College Sports History


1901    Grambling State University opened as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School…founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association (organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state). Charles P. Adams was the first president.

1924    MAGIC CITY CLASSIC The first football game between Alabama A&M and Alabama State became an annual tradition in post-war 1945 at Legion Field in Birmingham (Alabama State leads the series 39-36-3).

1928    FIRST BLACK COLLEGE HOMECOMING GAME was played between Howard University and Virginia Union University.