MEMPHIS, TN – Fans of the Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) presented by FedEx will be thrilled to know that a game between Tennessee State University vs. Jackson State University is being played on Saturday, September 12th at 7:00 pm CDT. What has been appropriately dubbed the REWIND will feature an encore presentation of the 2017 Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) football game between the long-time rivals and all the excitement that comes with it. SHC teamed up with SCS Telecommunications Center to make this possible, and the SHC Rewind will stream with multiple platforms that include Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. Also, in true SHC fashion, it will stream during prime time.

According to SHC Founder, Fred Jones, the REWIND is the answer to the most common question he’s received since June 17th when he announced that the 31st Southern Heritage Classic was canceled due to COVID-19. “Everyone wanted to know, ‘What are we going to do?’. I knew we had to do something. The fans wanted it, and they deserve it. So, I’m pleased to announce that we are going to watch great HBCU football on our electronic devices in the comfort of our homes or wherever we are. Fans can get together to watch the game, following recommended social distancing guidelines, and cheer for their favorite team, groove to the bands, and enjoy a spectacular half-time show,” said Jones.

The featured REWIND game as one of the most exciting games in SHC history with great plays being made until the very end. “We would love to be in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium together this year but since we can’t, the REWIND is the next best thing. We hope that everyone will support us by spreading the word and watching the game,” added Jones.

The REWIND is sponsored by Memphis Tourism, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and MLGW. Visit www.SouthernHeritageClassic.com for more information and streaming links as we approach game day on September 12, 2020.

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About the Southern Heritage Classic (SHC)
Each year, the Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx is one of the country’s most anticipated HBCU football classics. Since 1990, thousands of fans have gathered at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis to see the long-time rival football teams at Jackson State University and Tennessee State University battle for bragging rights and for victory.

MEMPHIS, TN – The 31st Southern Heritage Classic (SHC) has announced its cancellation of events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to cancel all events was made after SHC’s management reviewed a copy of the Shelby County Health Department’s Health Directive No. 6 detailing emergency management relief efforts put in place to address COVID-19, specifically those regarding recreational or athletic activities. On average, over 75,000 people attend the SHC annually and individual events such as the tailgate in Tiger Lane, the football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University, the parade in Orange Mound, and others draw massive crowds which have the potential to increase the spread of the novel coronavirus. After careful consideration, all Southern Heritage Classic events that were scheduled for September 10-12, 2020 will no longer be held. Those who have purchased tickets for the football game can receive refunds at the point of purchase.

“I know this is a great disappointment to many who consider the SHC as one of the major highlights of the year. The health and safety of our attendees along with that of our staff, sponsors, and others is a top priority. I encourage everyone to keep practicing recommended safety and social distancing measures so that we can return to our social activities as soon as possible,” said Fred Jones, Founder of the Southern Heritage Classic.

SHC is grateful for Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, the fans, sponsors, and the SHC ambassadors, who have supported the classic throughout the years, and looks forward to your continued support. This isn’t the first challenge faced by SHC, and will overcome this one as have the others.

For more information, contact the Southern Heritage Classic Headquarters at 901-398-6655, 1-800-332-1991, or smc@smcentertainment.net.

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Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean

MEMPHIS, T.N. – The Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, a four-year historically black college in Memphis, on July 30 announced it has selected Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean to serve as Interim President, effective Aug. 26, 2019.

“Dr. Johnson-Dean’s breadth of educational leadership experience and unique understanding of the inner workings of HBCUs made her stand out as a highly qualified candidate for Interim President,” said Dr. Christopher Davis, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Selecting Dr. Johnson-Dean to serve in this critical role is just one of the many great strides LeMoyne-Own is making as we push forward in our mission.”

Dr. Johnson-Dean currently serves as executive director of New Leaders – South Region in Memphis. She has also previously served as superintendent in Memphis, Minneapolis and Boston Public Schools.

“It is truly an honor to assume the role of Interim President of LeMoyne-Owen College, an institution with a more than 150-year legacy in Memphis,” said Dr. Johnson-Dean. “As an HBCU, LeMoyne-Owen College continues to play an integral role in education and serving students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers. I am humbled at the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for the College, and I look forward to working with faculty, students and community partners in this critical endeavor.”

A permanent president for the College will be determined at a later date. LeMoyne-Owen also recently appointed Dr. Christopher Davis – Pasteur of St. Paul Baptist Church and local community advocate – to serve as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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About LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College provides a transformative experience educating students for urban-focused leadership, scholarship, service and professional careers. For more information, visit www.loc.edu.

MEMPHIS, TN – Tickets for the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic presented by FedEx football game go on sale this Friday, February 1st. The highly-anticipated game between the long-time rivals Tennessee State University and Jackson State University will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early. The prices are $53, $38, and $23 plus service charges. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The Classic30 activities will take place September 11-14. The festivities include the vents fans know and love such as the Classic Tailgate, Classic Parade, and the Classic Fashions and Brunch along with a few extras that will be announced at a later date. According to SHC Founder, Fred Jones Jr., it will be a time to remember.

“For an event like the Southern Heritage Classic to exist 30 years is a blessing. As always, the Classic Football Game is at the center of it all. That’s why we are putting those tickets on sale first,” said Jones. “I am grateful for 30 years of support from our dedicated fans and sponsors. Everyone is invited to come enjoy another fun-filled Southern Heritage Classic.”

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About the Southern Heritage Classic

The Southern Heritage Classic, founded in 1990 by Fred Jones Jr., brings fans from across the U.S. to watch football rivals Jackson State University and Tennessee State University play every September at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis. The greatness of the Classic rests on how it connects kindred spirits – young and old – in celebration of the beauty of cultural diversity and the richness of the city’s heritage. For tickets and more information, visit www.southernheritagelcassic.com.

MEMPHIS, TN – After more than three hours of lightning delays in Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, the Southern Heritage Classic football game between Tennessee State and Jackson State was canceled.

“We went through all the options and checked both of the schedules, and there was no other way to play this game,” said Fred Jones, founder of the Southern Heritage Classic. “The next game between Jackson State and Tennessee State will be in 2019. It’s a very unfortunate situation, and everybody wrestled with the decision.”

According to the Commercial Appeal, Jones and the presidents of both Jackson State and Tennessee State looked into rescheduling the game for Sunday, but the forecast is equally as ominous. The idea of playing the game further down the line was also proposed, but the schedules were too conflicting.

The Southern Heritage Classic released a statement from the founder Fred Jones Jr., which stated the following:

“As you know, inclement weather, which included lightning, caused us to cancel last night’s Southern Heritage Classic football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. The game was initially delayed several hours in hopes that the weather would improve and the teams could play. Unfortunately, that did not happen. This is not only a huge disappointment to the fans but to myself and the Classic staff, both universities, and the many Classic ambassadors (volunteers) who work hard to organize it each year. In our 29 years of hosting the classic, this is the first year the game was not played. Many people still have questions, and we have provided some information that we hope will answer the most pressing ones.

  • The game will not be rescheduled. Conflicting schedules for Jackson State and Tennessee State’s football teams prevent being able to play in 2018
  • Ticket holders who would like a refund can receive it at their point of purchase
  • The next football game between Jackson State and Tennessee State will be played during the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic. We are planning an exciting 5-day celebration that we know the fans will enjoy

We thank everyone who has supported the Southern Heritage Classic throughout the years. Each person is an invaluable part of what has become a time-honored tradition, and we look forward to having that support for many years to come.”

Though Jones stated that fans can receive a refund of their tickets for the game. President Glover and Bynum, however, suggested that ticket holders will use their refund to make financial contributions to the universities instead.

“The discussion is that individuals would recommend that their refund is used to go to Tennessee State or Jackson State universities – two historically black colleges – because HBCUs are in need of financial support,” said Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University. “This would be one way to assist two prominent HBCUs.”

A photo of fans patiently waiting in hopes that the weather clears up to witness another year of HBCU football at the Southern Heritage Classic – Jackson State vs. Tennessee State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of the Southern Heritage Classic.

The NCAA mandates that after each lightning strike at a certain distance, the game must be delayed for 30 minutes. The Jackson State band and the rest of the fans were asked around 5:15 p.m. The storms in the area prevented anyone from returning to their seats the rest of the night.

The game was officially canceled as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Despite the rain, Classic fans had an amazing time as usual at the tailgate — which is one of the biggest among an HBCU classics. The Classic celebrates historically black universities as well as the Memphis culture. The Classic parade is held in Orange Mound, which is the first residential community for African-American’s in the South. Along with the parade, the Classic with the City of  Memphis Youth Services presents a College and Career Fair which brings representatives from various corporations, colleges and organizations in providing career and college readiness to the youth in the city.

REFUND INFORMATION

Ticket holder’s who wish to receive a refund, can bring their tickets to their point of purchase. Refund information is listed below for each location.

TICKETMASTER

Refunds will be issued beginning Monday, September 10th. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-725-3000.

LIBERTY BOWL MEMORIAL STADIUM

Refunds will be issued at the stadium box office Tuesday, September 11th – Thursday, September 13th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. CST. Those who cannot return to the box office, must mail their tickets to the following address to received a refund:

Pat Agnew
c/o Southern Heritage Classic
4466 Elvis Presley Blvd., Ste. 248
Memphis, TN 38116

For more information, contact the Southern Heritage Classic at 901-398-6655 or 1-800-332-1991.

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY TICKET OFFICE

Refunds will be issued beginning Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, contact the Jackson State University Ticket Office at 601-979-2420.

TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY TICKET OFFICE

Refunds will be issued beginning Tuesday, September 11th. For more information, contact the Tennessee State University Ticket Office at 615-963-5841.

Save the date for the 30th Annual Southern Heritage Classic September 11-15.

For more information, visit the Southern Heritage Classic website at www.southernheritageclassic.com.