The 2017 Fall Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 14th at the Abilene Convention Center
featuring Coach Herman Boone of Remember the Titans!
In 1971, racial tensions ran high in Alexandria, Virginia, as three schools were integrated to form T.C.
Williams High School. In a story captured by the monumentally popular Disney film Remember the
Titans, 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 newlycreated
Titan football team. Tensions only escalated when Boone, assistant coach of the former T.C.
Williams High School, was named head coach of the Titans, passing over Bill Yoast, the local favorite and
successful head coach of the former (and white) Hammond High. Yoast’s supporters were angered by
Boone’s appointment, which was seen as a gesture of goodwill to the black community. 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. Remember the Titans
screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard said in a Washington Post interview, “Herman is Shakespearean. The
beauty of Herman and what he did was that it was sort of unconscious. If you’d asked Herman when he
took over T.C. Williams, ‘Were you trying to make a point with these kids?’ he would have said, ‘No, I
just want to win football games.’ He had to get the players to get along to win football games. And it
worked for just that reason— because it wasn’t self-conscious. He did something quite beyond what
even he realized.” Herman Boone is now retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with
presentations on respect, teamwork, community involvement, and the importance of character.
What is the Fall Luncheon?
The Fall Luncheon is an annual fundraising event typically held in September at
which we bring in a motivational, inspiring speaker to bring an encouraging
message to the community. Please check back for date and time of this year’s
Fall Luncheon to be held at the Abilene Convention Center.
How can I participate in the Fall Luncheon?
The Alliance accepts sponsorships for the Fall Luncheon to underwrite the costs
of the event. Information regarding sponsorships can be obtained by contacting
Toni Brown, Executive Director at 325-677-5321.
Special Thanks to the 2017 Fall Luncheon Committee
Celia Gesting, Chair
Kimm Ferrell, Co-Chair