Columbus honors Tuskegee University president during Tuskegee-Morehouse classic
COLUMBUS, Ga. (October 10, 2011) — The city of Columbus showed its gratitude to Tuskegee University and Morehouse College during a pre-game reception held at the Columbus Civic Center on Saturday. The institutions have been meeting in the city to play its football classic for 76 years and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the economic impact of the game is significant and appreciated. According to city manager Isaiah Hugley, the game brings in more than $1 million to the city every year.
|The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers
perform at the 76th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse
Football Classic on Saturday at the A.J. McClung
Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ga.
“Don’t you ever forget how important you are to the city of Columbus,” Tomlinson said at the event, which was held after the annual parade.
Keys to the city were presented to Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon and the presidents of Morehouse and Spelman College. Tomlinson said the keys symbolized “that you are always, always welcome in Columbus.”
Also, a Columbus City Council resolution was read that congratulated Rochon on becoming the sixth president of Tuskegee. Col. Jeffrey Fletcher, garrison commander of Fort Benning and honorary chairman of the classic committee, presented the school presidents with Maneuver Center Coins of Excellence.
“Thank you so much for what you do for our future leaders,” Fletcher said during the presentation.
During remarks, Rochon noted that he and Morehouse College President Robert M. Franklin have much in common. He said both institutions treasure their football rivalry but are committed to producing scholar athletes. He also said that there is still a need for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and that these institutions play the lead role in educating black youth.
“We celebrate what we do on the field today, but we celebrate what we do in the classroom today, tomorrow and the day after that,” Rochon said.
Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, left, and Morehouse College President Robert M. Franklin at the pre-game reception held at the Columbus Civic Center on Saturday in Columbus, Ga.
Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon, left, was presented with a resolution from Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, center, and Bruce Huff, Columbus city councilman, left, at the pre-game reception held at the Columbus Civic Center on Saturday in Columbus, Ga.
Patricia Rochon, first lady of Tuskegee University, left, and Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon greet spectators during the parade for the 76th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic on Saturday in Columbus, Ga.
The Tuskegee Marching Crimson Pipers were awarded a $1,000 grant during half-time at the 76th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Football Classic on Saturday, Oct. 8. The presentation from Honda Battle of the Bands is one of 41 given to HBCU bands across the country. From the left, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon shakes hands with John Morris, project manager for the event, as Warren L. Duncan, Director of Bands holds the check. Eight bands will be chosen to participate in the 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Jan. 28, 2012. Voting ends tomorrow. For more information and to vote, go to www.hondabattleofthebands.com/thebands.