WHAT: News ConferenceWHO: Herman Boone and Bill Yoast, the coaches who were the inspiration for the movie “Remember the Titans.” WHEN: 5:30-6 p.m. Jan. 22WHERE: Lobby of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum located at the River CampusBACKGROUND:
Boone and Yoast will take questions from the media prior to a special “Conversation with the Coaches,” featuring Boone and Yoast, as well as Redhawks coaches, 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.
Boone and Yoast also will present the keynote address at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Show Me Center.
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.