Notice to the Public from Delta Community College:
You may remember the Disney movie, Remember the Titans, that hit theaters September 29, 2000. The screenplay written by Gregory Allen Howard grossed $115,654,751 in domestic ticket receipts. It earned an additional $21,051,932 in business through international release to top out at a combined $136,706,683 in gross revenue. The film was considered a financial success due to its $30 million budget costs.
The film starts in 1971, in Alexandria, Virginia, where racial tensions ran high as three schools were integrated to form T.C. Williams High School. Herman Boone - portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington - faced the challenge of a lifetime in uniting black and white players from previously rival schools in the newly-created Titan football team. To add to the apparent challenge, Boone was also replacing local favorite and current head coach, Bill Yoast, who is white. Actor Will Patton portrays Bill Yoast, in making a transition to help out Boone as an assistant coach.
Remarkably, the two coaches were able to put aside their prejudices and in doing so, united their players to form a team whose common vision was to respect each other and win football games. At the same time, through the game of football, Boone and Yoast were able to help their small Virginia community put aside their intolerance and join together to support their children. The Titans became one of the best teams in Virginia, compiling a 13-0 record and going on to win the state championship.
Presently Herman Boone is retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement, and the importance of character. Louisiana Delta Community College is honored to welcome him as our Black History program speaker. "We are thrilled to have Mr. Boone speaking to our students. He carries a positive message and has lived what he preaches," expresses Alvina Thomas, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Boone will speak to students, employees and the community on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the man who was the inspiration behind the movie.