📷: Fans gathered at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio for the Black College Hall of Fame Classic in 2019. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations / Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour.

CANTON, OH – Morehouse College will take on Virginia Union University in the 2023 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic presented by AEP Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 3 during Labor Day weekend.

The Matchup was announced on Thursday (Jan. 12) by James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams, co-founders of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, at the Greater Canton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission’s 30th annual Mayors Breakfast. Dr. King was a 1948 graduate of Morehouse.

“Now in its fourth year, the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic quickly is growing into a premier showcase for the excellence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Northeast Ohio is thrilled to host the administration and staff, students and alumni of these two great institutions,” said Adrian Allison, Chief Relationship Officer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

📷: Central State University Marauders defeated the Winston-Salem State University Rams with a 41-21 victory in the 2022 Black College Hall of Fame Classic in Canton, Ohio. Photo courtesy of HCF Media Relations / Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour.

The Virginia Union Panthers will be looking to duplicate the 2022 season success, which include finishing 9-1 led by returning All-American running back Jada Byers. Morehouse expects to improve on its 2022 campaign and avenge its close loss in the inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic in 2019.

Fans can purchase tickets to see the game and the halftime band show featuring the Morehouse House of Funk and the VUU Ambassadors of Sound at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Tickets, starting at $25, are available here.


The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has tentatively added the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic to its Seventh Annual HBCU Football and Recruitment Tour line-up. Other events during the Classic Weekend – Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 – will have something fun for all ages and will be announced later.

Get more information about the Classic and the Black College Hall of Fame here.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced the establishment of the HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair, presented by the New Orleans Saints.

The first annual HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair will be held February 17-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The event will provide job opportunities and career counseling for graduating seniors from Louisiana’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Dillard, Grambling State, Southern and Xavier) and feature expert panels, motivational speakers and direct interaction with national and statewide corporate partners. Admission is free. In addition, eight HBCU graduating seniors will be selected as interns to gain hands-on experience during HBCU Legacy Bowl week.

“We are honored and thankful to have the support of Gayle Benson and the New Orleans Saints in this meaningful initiative to provide opportunities for HBCU students,” said Super Bowl MVP and Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder Doug Williams. “Their generous, multi-year commitment will allow us to continue our work in lifting up the HBCU community.”

“We are excited about the HBCU Legacy Bowl coming to New Orleans and the opportunity to work with the Black College Football Hall of Fame to present the Career Fair,” said New Orleans and New Orleans Pelicans owner Gayle Benson. “Dillard, Grambling State, Southern and Xavier universities are responsible for educating and nurturing generations of leaders who have made Louisiana a unique vibrant and entrepreneurial community. We are eager to work with the Legacy Bowl to provide greater insights into careers in and around sports and, more importantly, create more opportunities for careers within these industries.”

About The Black College Hall of Fame
The Black College Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by African-American Pioneers, quarterbacks James Harris and Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 90 inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame presented annually by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. For more information, visit www.blackcollegefootballhof.org.

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