Herman Boone, Bill Yoast of ‘Remember the Titans’ Fame to be Featured Guests at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Herman Boone (left) and Bill Yoast, the coaches who were the inspiration for the movie “Remember the Titans.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 6, 2007 – Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, the coaches who were the inspiration for the movie “Remember the Titans,” will present the keynote address at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 23 at Southeast Missouri State University. Boone and Yoast also will participate in a special discussion and viewing of the movie Jan. 22.

The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $15 and can be purchased beginning Dec. 12 at Southeast Bookstore on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University or by calling the Office of Equity and Diversity Issues at Southeast at (573) 651-2524,

Tickets will be available beginning Jan. 4 at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, 1267 Mount Auburn Road; Centenary United Methodist Church, 300 N. Ellis Street; Mount Auburn Christian Church, 930 N. Mount Auburn Road; and LaCroix United Methodist Church, 3102 Lexington Ave.

The Student Activities Council will provide 100 complimentary tickets to Southeast students. These tickets will be distributed by the Southeast Bookstore on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15.

A “Conversation with the Coaches,” featuring Boone and Yoast, as well as Redhawks coaches, will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. A special screening of “Remember the Titans” will follow at 7:30 p.m. The event is free, and the community is invited to attend.

In 1971, racial tensions ran high at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., as three schools merged to form a newly integrated one. Out of this experience, the story of “Remember the Titans” emerged; and an undefeated football team was born. Tensions escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C. Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans when the schools merged, passing over Yoast, the local favorite and successful head coach of the former white Hammond High.

The inspirational story of how the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices and unify their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games, and in doing so helped their small Virginian community put aside their intolerance, became a blockbuster-hit movie in 2000.

Boone and Yoast, both now retired from coaching, continue to motivate and inspire audiences with their story.

For more information, visit http://www.semo.edu/MLK/ or call (573) 651-2524.