Coaches featured in ‘Remember the Titans’ to bring message of diversity to Barry
Jan. 22, 2009
Contact: Julianna M. Klose
Miami Shores, Fla. – The groundbreaking coaches featured in the film, “Remember the Titans,” will speak at Barry University next Wednesday, Jan. 28 presenting a message of diversity, civility and respect.
Coaches Herman Boone and Bill Yoast will speak in Barry’s Broad Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. before an estimated audience of more than 500 students, faculty and staff. The event will also feature a movie screening with the coaches at 5:30 p.m., and a book and movie signing following their presentation.
“Remember the Titans,” was released in 2000 and portrays the true story of newly desegregated T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. In 1971, Herman Boone, an African American, beat out local favorite Bill Yoast, a Caucasian, for the head coaching position of the school’s new football team. The now racially-mixed team set aside their prejudices as the two coaches worked together to unify the team. The team went on to win the 1971 Virginia state championship under their leadership.
Since retirement, both Boone and Yoast have continued to travel nationally, bringing their presentation about respect, teamwork and community involvement to audiences throughout North America. Yoast is also the author of the critically acclaimed, “Remember this Titan.”
The event at Barry is sponsored by the new Community Learning Partnership (CLP) of Greater Miami Shores, and involves Barry University, Miami Country Day School and The Cushman School.
For more information, please contact Roxanne Davies, assistant to the president for organizational effectiveness, at (305) 899-4583.