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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - "Remember the Titans, was a hit movie released in 2000. Denzel Washington starred, playing high school football coach Herman Boone. Boone will be the featured speaker at Delta Community College during Black History Month.

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, 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.

And he has been selected to be LDCC's 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 Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11 a.m.

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