All season long The CIAA has rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Black College Football. Not surprising seeing that both teams who played in the first game are current members of the conference.
The CIAA adorned its Championship Football logo to commemorate the anniversary. A football and banner with “125 years of Black College Football” written within it serve as a constant history lesson to all who see it.
Now that it’s October and the season is in full swing. The CIAA has kept the momentum going by releasing a powerful video recalling the imagery of that first game. On a cold December day in 1892, in Salisbury North Carolina, history was made in front of a meager crowd.
“That had to be a tough game to pull off in December, so there was hardly anyone around, if there was anyone around” says the powerful voice backing the black and white photography and snowy time-lapse video footage.
Featuring interview snippets from CIAA figures such as announcer Stan Lewter and commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. Current players and coaches also weigh in on what it means to them to play such a historic game.
“I know that scene was crazy, I couldn’t even imagine…I can only imagine how tough those guys were” says current Johnson C. Smith Quarterback Harold Herbin.
This year, on November 4th, Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone will meet in the Commemorative Classic for the 125th anniversary of Black College Football. Currently, both teams are winless, setting up a possible scenario of both of these teams looking for their first win against one another.
Be sure to take 3 minutes out of your day to soak up some Black College Football history and check out some facts from 125 years of CIAA football.