Courtesy: FAMU Sports Information
BOSTON, Mass. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., joined the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Area Church League, Inc., Monday to announce the schedule and participants of the first ever Historically Black Colleges and Universities Legacy Weekend Celebration.
The celebration will be held in Boston from Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26.
FAMU, along with North Carolina Central University (NCCU) will be the participants in this year’s inaugural celebration.
The weekend of events will include a baseball doubleheader featuring the two HBCUs on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury, Mass., and a single game on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at historic Fenway Park in Boston.
With the two schools locked in a battle with Bethune-Cookman University for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division title, and for berths in the MEAC Baseball Championship in May, this weekend series will be far more than a ceremonial affair.
The press conference announcing the celebration was attended by Marty Walsh, mayor of the City of Boston; Lawrence “Larry” Lucchino, president and CEO of the Red Sox; Thomas Werner, chairman of the Red Sox and television producer (“The Cosby Show” and “A Different World);” Milton L. Wright, Jr., retired first justice of the Roxbury District Court and commissioner of the City of Boston Licensing Board; Harold Sparrow, senior vice president of operations for the Greater Boston YMCA; and Frank Jordan, creator of the HBCU Legacy Weekend Celebration and special adviser to the Red Sox.
In addition to President Mangum, Interim Athletic Director E. D’Wayne Robinson and Vice President for Communications and External Relations Jimmy Miller represented FAMU at the press conference. Dr. Debra Saunders-White, Chancellor of NCCU and Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Driector of Athletics, represented North Carolina Central.
Mangum thanked all of the sponsors of the events and said that the celebration is more than just three ball games between two MEAC rivals for FAMU. The events are designed to provide inspiration, information, and resources to the community.
In addition to the games between NCCU and FAMU, the weekend of events includes a reception on Thursday, April 23, a debate hosted by Harvard University on Friday, April 24, and a college and career fair hosted by the Red Sox on Saturday, April 25 at Fenway Park.