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'Remember the Titans’ Coach to Speak

Jan 9, 2009
Herman BooneHerman Boone, the legendary football coach whose inspirational story was captured in the movie "Remember The Titans," will speak at Ohio Northern University's English Chapel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Boone's speech is titled "Remember! Celebrate! Act! The Importance of Observing the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday."

Boone faced the challenge of a lifetime when, in 1971, he was hired to coach the newly integrated T.C. Williams High School, which combined former rivals of diverse backgrounds. Tensions escalated when Boone was named head coach of the Titans, passing over Bill Yoast, the local favorite and successful head coach of the predominantly white Hammond High.

The two coaches set aside their prejudices and 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, the two helped the community move past their intolerance and join together to support its children. The Titans compiled a 13-0 record and won the state championship.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at ONU on Jan. 11, 1968, in one of his final appearances on a college campus before being assassinated in April later that year.

The event is free and open to the public.
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