📷: 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 loos 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.


(RICHMOND, VA) – The historically black Virginia Union University (VUU) has announced the launch of the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), making it the only research of its kind in the country dedicated to focusing on HBCUs. VUU President & CEO Dr. Hakim J. Lucas serves as the Center’s Executive Director and VUU Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, seves as its Diretor.

The Center for the Study of HBCUs is a national research center, whose vision is to become the country’s preeminent institute for advancement of relevant scholars and scholarship. The Center has a discovery agenda that ranges from foundational inquiry to tranlational science and disruptive, transformational innovation that ensure the sustainability of Black colleges. Center staff and affiliates conduct rigorous, evidence-based research that aims to advance the research agenda, expand institutional capacities, transform institutions, eradicate institutional inequities, and ensure the future of HBCUs in the nation and beyond.

The Center achieves its mission through four (4) primary objectives:

  • CONDUCT research and scholarship;
  • CONVENE the HBCU scholarly community and constituents;
  • MOBILIZE resources in support of advancing HBCU research;
  • DISSEMINATE research and scholarship broadly.

Learn more about the Center for the Study of HBCUs by clicking here.


About Virginia Union University
Virginia Union University was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The University is the result of the merger of four institutions: Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial, and Storer College. For more information, visit www.vuu.edu.

RICHMOND, VA – Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., was promoted to provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond. He is a tenured professor in the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of education and director of the Center of the Study of HBCUs at the University. Strayhorn joined the faculty at Virginia Union earlier this year.

Previously, Strayhorn served as vice president of academic and student affairs at LeMoyne Owen college in Memphis. Before that, he served on the administration and faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Ohio State University. When he was promoted to full professor in the department of educational studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University in 2014, he was the youngest full professor on the Ohio State campus.

Strayhorn is author of College of Students’ Sense of Belonging (Routledge, 2019) and has contributed scholarship to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

Strayhorn is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He holds a master’s degree from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and an educational doctorate from Virginia Tech.


Pictured: VUU student Jamon Phenix and newly appointed VUU President Dr. Hakim J. Lucas. (Photo creds: VUU SGA – IG: @iheartunion)

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Union University (VUU), a historically black university located in Richmond, Virginia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, has announced that Hakim J. Lucas, Ph.D. has been named the 13th President of the University.

“Throughout the search process, Dr. Lucas impressed the committee with his clear vision for liberal arts education and creating an enhanced student experience,” said Richardson. “He is an energetic and wise leader and we believe that he will serve Virginia Union University well.”

According to a press release by the university, Dr. Lucas brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education. His career successes include fundraising, strategic planning, and the engagement and retention of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Lucas has served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. since 2012. Under his leadership, unrestricted and restricted giving rose by 30-percent and the endowment increased by 53-percent. He developed a strategic government relations plan that resulted in millions of dollars in appropriations from the state of Florida. These funds aided in the development of new academic programs and a Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. His responsibilities also included chairing the Strategic Growth and Sustainability Taskforce, as well as, leading the sponsored research team that secured more than $45 million in research grants.

Prior to his accomplishment at Bethune-Cookman, Dr. Lucas served as Director of Development at State University of New York at Old Westbury and the Dean of Institutional Advancement and Development at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. He was also a tenured lecturer and Deputy Chair of the Philosophy and Religion department at Medgar Evers College.

“Virginia Union University has a rich history of academic excellence and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this distinguished university,” said Dr. Lucas. “I look forward to joining the dedicated administrators, faculty and staff as we continue to make a difference in the academic life of our students.”

Dr. Lucas earned his Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a Master’s degree in education from Tufts University, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He earned his doctoral degree in education from Fordham University.

Dr. Lucas will begin his appointment on September 1. He replaces Joseph F. Johnson, Ph.D., who has served as Acting President since July 2016 and succeeds former president Dr. Claude G. Perkins, whose contracted ended July 2017 but spend his last year on sabbatical.