WASHINGTON – Howard University Athletics has announced that the men’s basketball team will host the University of Notre Dame on Martin Luther King Day, Jr. (MLK Day), Monday, January 18, 2021 inside Burr Gymnasium.
Tipoff and game broadcast details will be announced at a later date.
The matchup features Notre Dame visiting an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for the first time in program history.
“We are excited to host the University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team in what will certainly be a spirited competition that will energize the fans on both sides of the court,” said Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick. “As we witness the nation’s outcry for social justice and racial equality, this event will be a fitting demonstration of unity, collegiality and sportsmanship.”
MLK Day is an American federal holiday, acknowledging the birthday of the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which protested racial discrimination in federal and state laws. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law and it was first observed three years later (January 20, 1986).
This will be the fourth time Howard honors Dr. King’s Celebration of Excellence by hosting nonconference contests with iconic, historical institutions. In the past two seasons, HU has greeted Ivy League perennials Harvard (2016 & 2019) and Yale (2020) to The Burr.
“We’ve made this a tradition, hosting these outstanding institutions on MLK Day,” said Howard Director of Athletics Kery Davis. “We thank Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas for giving us an opportunity to host Notre Dame during Mid-Eastern Athletic conference play. This is a great opportunity for us, and we’re excited to welcome Coach Mike Brey and the Fighting Irish to The Mecca.”
“We are honored to welcome Notre Dame to Howard University for our annual MLK Day game,” Blakeney stated. “Coach Mike Brey and I are brothers! We were both mentored by one of the best educators, Coach Morgan Wooten at DeMatha Catholic H.S., who considered himself a teacher first. We understand that this game is bigger than both universities and I feel that we have a social and civic responsibility to engage our programs in celebrating Dr. King’s birthday.”