A look back at the legacy of a historic HBCU rivalry
Two historically black universities. A goal. Educate, unify and accelerate the black community. Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN, they will meet on the grill for the Truth and Service Classic, both looking to brag about a rivalry that stretches back over a century.
Within 150 miles of each other in the DMV, Howard University in Washington, DC and Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, are pillars of academic excellence and empowerment within the HBCU community for over a century. During these years, both institutions have strived to educate and amplify the voices of generations of leaders. While both schools have promoted academic scholarship since their founding, Howard in 1867 and Hampton in 1868, both have also played pivotal roles in the field of athletics. On Saturday Howard (0-2) and Hampton (1-1) will meet for another chapter in a legendary football rivalry that also provides an opportunity to highlight the rich history between the two schools.
How to watch Hampton vs. Howard:
Hampton vs Howard airs live at 12 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Saturday, September 18e. All coverage is also shown on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Chris Lewis manage game by game and be joined by the analyst Jay walker – a former Howard University quarterback – and journalist Zora Stephenson.
Over a century of sports history at HBCUs
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, black schools were fielding sports teams, but there was still widespread segregation in colleges and varsity sports. In 1912, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), originally the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association, was founded to organize regular competitions between schools and provide structure for emerging sports powers in universities. A group of colleges, including Howard University and Hampton University (formerly Hampton Institute), established the CIAA to promote HBCU athletics. Virginia Union University, Shaw and Lincoln were the other founding members of the CIAA.
History of the Hampton-Howard rivalry
Although Howard currently attends the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and in Hampton at the Big South Conference, the rivalry between these HU schools persists today. Who exactly “The Real HU” is and which school is entitled to carry that title is an argument that can still be found in social media and popular culture, and inevitably pops up in any conversation held by alumni.
Before Hampton officially moved to the Big South Conference in 2018, the Pirates were also part of the MEAC and faced off against Howard every year.
The first official meeting between the two teams took place more than a century ago in 1908, and this Saturday, September 18e, the two programs will meet again for the 96e on the occasion of this year’s very first Classic Truth & Service.
As the Hampton Pirates lead the series 53-41-1, the Howard Bison look to secure their first win of the season by playing a “home game” at the all-new Audi Field in Washington DC, home of the Major team. League Soccer. DC United. Howard won four back-to-back clashes between 2011 and 2014, but Hampton has won the last four back-to-back games dating back to a 37-19 victory in 2015.
Spotlight on football and culture
The rich legacy and history of this clash makes the classic even more intriguing to watch, as viewers will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of the special HU rivalry which remains a highly anticipated clash more than 100 years after it was first met. .
This Saturday, Howard University and Hampton University will both have the opportunity to shine a light on the magic of HBCU culture and competitive sports.
This competition will forever remain a touchstone in HBCU culture and athletics. You’ll hear it through the harmonious sounds of the Howard University Showtime Marching Band, which was also featured at the Presidential Inauguration Parade with Howard’s alumnus, Vice President Kamala Harris, and to cheers from the students and Hampton University alumni at the campus and stadium, cheering rallies. The exhibition opportunities for both shows on Saturday are significant, because after a two-year wait since the last clash in 2019, the world will have another chance to watch two great HBCUs show why their history and legacy matter. Tune in to NBCSN at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday to see if Howard has a shot at winning his first rivalry game since 2014 or if Hampton will continue to dominate against the Bison.
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* Author’s note: Alex D. Williams is a twice published author and a senior at Howard University, New Orleans, Louisiana. She is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in sports administration. You can follow her on social media at @ Alexdwilliams2_. You can also follow his sports podcast: A Girl & Her Grandpa: A Sports Podcast through the generations found on Apple, Spotify and several other platforms.