Grambling majorettes at the game

Grambling majorettes at the game; (c) Soul Of America

2022 Black College Football Classics

Black College Football Classics are unlike other football bowl games, such as the Rose Bowl or Orange Bowl. Accompanied by parades, concerts before the game, and alumni social events that often include golf, they are black cultural institutions. Though most of the football games are outstanding, the real show is the halftime Battle of the Bands. Savvy fans get their concession refills before Half Time.

Established classics attract large crowds of alumni, fans, pro scouts, national sports networks, and corporate sponsorships. Some classics fill up hotel rooms in the city. So make your travel plans early!

2022 Black College Football Classics Dates & Locations


MEAC/SWAC Challenge
8/27/22; Alabama State vs. Howard; Atlanta, GA;


Battle for the Real HU
9/03/22; Howard vs. Hampton; Hampton, VA;

Labor Day Classic
9/03/22; Miles College vs. Alabama State; Montgomery, AL;

Pete Richardson Classic
9/03/19; Florida Memorial vs. Southern; Baton Rouge, LA;

Labor Day Classic
9/03/22; Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern; Prairie View, TX;

Aggie-Eagle Classic
9/03/22; North Carolina Central vs. North Carolina A&T; Charlotte, NC;

Orange Blossom Classic
9/04/22; Florida A&M vs. Jackson State; Miami, FL;

Southern Heritage Classic
9/10/22; Tennessee State vs. Jackson State; Memphis, TN;

Battle for Greater Baltimore
9/10/22; Morgan State vs. Towson; Towson, MD;

Jake Gaither Classic
9/10/22; Albany State vs. Florida A&M; Tallahassee, FL;

Battle of the Bay
9/17/22; Norfolk State vs. Hampton; Norfolk, VA;

W.C. Gorden Classic
9/17/22; Grambling State vs. Jackson State; Jackson, MS;

HBCU New York Football Classic
9/17/22; Morehouse vs. Howard; East Rutherford, NJ;

Lewis Crews Classic
9/17/22; Alabama A&M vs. Austin Peay; Huntsville, AL;

Arlington Football Showdown
9/17/22; Southern vs. Texas Southern; Arlington, TX;


John Merritt Classic
10/01/22; Lane vs. Tennessee State; Nashville, TN;

State Fair Classic
10/01/22; Grambling vs. Prairie View A&M; Dallas, TX;

Truth & Service Classic
10/15/22; Howard vs. Harvard; Washington, DC;

St. Louis River City Classic
10/16/22; Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; St. Louis, MO;

Magic City Classic
10/29/22; Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M; Birmingham, AL;

Boombox Classic
10/29/22; Jackson State vs. Southern; Jackson, MS;


Capital City Classic – Soul Bowl
11/19/22; Jackson State vs. Alcorn State; Lorman, MS;

Florida Classic
11/19/22; Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman; Orlando, FL;

Turkey Day Classic
11/19/22; Alabama State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Montgomery, AL;

Bayou Classic
11/26/22; Grambling State vs. Southern; New Orleans, LA;

CIAA Football Championship


SWAC Football Championship
12/03/22; Location TBD;

Celebration Bowl
12/17/22; SWAC Champion vs. MEAC Champion; Atlanta, GA;

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  1. Nancy says:

    Miss roller skating rinks. Grew up roller skating in the late 50s, all thru 60s, early 70s, then off & on after older.
    Loved “colored night” at all those wonderful midwest rinks. It was definitely NOT an insult…but an anticipated weekly opportunity to “party”, playing all “our” jamming music. Every rink had a different night so we traveled all over just to skate, party, & see cool, beautiful black folks from all over in one place.

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