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Keynote Address by Herman Boone

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Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012

Dartmouth College's Annual Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
"The Content of our Character"
January 13-February 3, 2012

Keynote Address by Herman Boone

Former Coach of the T. C. Williams Titans
with remarks by President Jim Yong Kim and Joan Alexandria Leslie '12, President of the Afro-American Society
Monday, January 16, 2012
* 7 pm, The Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts

Herman Boone is the legendary high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans. In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools merged to form the newly integrated T. C. Williams High School. It was from this union that the Titan football team was created. The former rivalries between the schools, coupled with the strain between the black and white players, resulted in a team that was far from united. Tensions only escalated when Coach Boone was given the job of head coach over popular white coach Bill Yoast, who became the assistant coach.
Remarkably, the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices, and in doing so they unified their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small Virginian community put aside intolerance and join together to support its children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13--0 record, and went on to win the state championship.

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