CAN NORTHERN BLACKS LEARN SOMETHING FROM THE SO-CALLED BLACK SOUTHERN BAMA IN 2014?
As I sat down to write this article, as an African-American sports historian, about one of this nation's oldest football classic games, my thoughts took me back in time to what was originally referred to as the Morgan vs. Grambling game. The first game was played in 1968 at Yankee Stadium in front of over 68,000 African-American fans.
THE IMPACT OF THE 2014 RAYMOND CHESTER HALL OF FAME CAMPAIGN
Let me first thank all the thousands of football fans worldwide and particularly HBCU Alumni football fans and the Oakland Raider Nation's officially recognized Booster Clubs; The D.C. Metro Raiders Booster Club, Washington D.C. and their chairperson Ms. Shronda Bell; and The Phoenician Raiders Club, Phoenix, Arizona and their president, Mr. Michael J. Smallwood. The Phoenician Raiders Club has dedicated a website towards the campaign for the Raymond Chester Hall of Fame campaign to get out the vote.
Morgan Grad Seeks to Highlight Importance of HBCU's and Black History
Article posted in The African-American Newspaper
Four-time Pro Bowler. Super Bowl Champion. NFL Rookie of the Year. United States Football League Man of the Year. Bay Area Pro Athlete of the Year. Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Maryland Athlete Hall of Fame and the list goes on.
Raymond Chester is widely considered one of the greatest tight ends of his era. From his days with the historic, undefeated Morgan State team of 1968 to playing in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Colts, Chester has always been among the best of the best.
But the football legend has yet to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, despite his long list of accolades and impressive statistics comparable to those of the eight tight ends enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
The tight end position has evolved over the years, and the standards that measure a player's performance have shifted. In the 1970s and 1980s, tight ends were required to be a jack-of-all-trades, performing the grunt work of an offensive lineman while also being a clutch receiver.
THE 2014 BSLF PRE-HOMECOMING CELEBRATION AND MEMORIAL SERVICE CANCELLED AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
As president and CEO of the Black Sports Legends Foundation (BSLF), I'm sad to inform the Morgan State University student body, alumni and the greater Baltimore community that the event is cancelled. I was informed by Ms. Deborah L. Grady, Events Coordinator, University Student Center on August 21, 2014 that the roof of university theater in the student center had a leak and substantial water damage has taken place inside the theater and it was no longer available to host the 2014 The 2014 (BSLF) Pre-Homecoming Celebration and Memorial Service.
BANKS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MARYLAND STATE HALL OF FAME
8/12/2014 12:13:00 PM
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting Earl Banks who was a legendary football coach while at Morgan State and served as the Athletic Director from 1960 through 1973. He was also enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992, a year before he was killed in an automobile accident in Baltimore at the age of 69
Although it is important that the alumnus were in attendance, they are already aware of the history of different sports at Morgan State. The people who weren’t in attendance that should have been were current students and student athletes. They should want to learn more about the athletes that came before them and the different accomplishments, so that they can strive for greatness.
Ron Bethea, who is the founder of the Black Sports Legend Foundation, was disappointed in the turnout of students who came to support the film festival during homecoming week. What’s the reason for low student participation? “History has no value,” said Mr. Bethea.
Black Sports Legend Foundation is very passionate about bringing the history of HBCU sports to the public, and with his persistence and determination it will get done. “All of our schools have a story to be told, and the Morgan story will be told.” said Mr. Bethea.
Ron Bethea and his foundation have a great deal of things planned for the future. They look to collect $150,000 worth of donations from numerous corporations in order to make their visions realities. For future film festivals they intend on making it a 3-day festival which would be free and include meet and greets, bringing huge sports legends back, hosting a banquet and a plethora of other wonderful ideas.