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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Howard and Morehouse reignite rivalry in 2nd annual Nation’s Football Classic

Labor Day weekend just got a lot more competitive.
Howard fans celebrate a third-quarter touchdown as Howard University defeats Morehouse College 30-27 in last year’s AT&T Nation's Football Classic. The Classic is returning Labor Day weekend for its second year. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

Howard University and Morehouse College are taking it to the field on Sept. 1 as part of the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, the city announced Thursday. The four-day event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 and will be packed with numerous opportunities for education and entertainment in and around the District.

The long weekend includes an HBCU Alumni networking mixer, a
Howard's co-drum major Malik Hays performs during halftime with the Howard University Marching Band at the 2011 AT&T Nation's Football Classic. (John McDonnell - The Washington Post)
series of panel discussions focused on educational issues, the 2012 presidential election and interpersonal relationships, and even an old-fashioned oratorical debate between students from both schools. The Howard/Morehouse football rivalry is one that traces back to 1923. Last year was the first time the teams played each other in 14 years; the Bisons beat the Tigers 30-27.

Howard University president Sidney A. Ribeau welcomes the healthy rivalry between the two schools and the fellowship it creates.

“The contributions of Howard University and Morehouse College to our nation’s higher education and sociopolitical landscape are unparalleled,” he said in a statement. “Last year was a tremendous success on the field and through our series of ‘More than a Game’ activities, including a student debate and a presidential symposium exploring strategies to address key issues affecting our communities.”

Tickets to the game start at $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Howard’s box office at Cramton Auditorium and the Morehouse College bookstore.

The JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington will serve as the host hotel. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

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By Erin Williams  |  09:00 AM ET, 06/29/2012

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