Legendary 'Titans' coach talks about teamwork with Oklahoma City-area leaders
BY PAULA BURKES NewsOK.com
Monday, February 11, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - Call it an interactive lunch. Herman Boone — who addressed Southern Nazarene University's Peer Learning Network on Thursday at the Petroleum Club — asked guests to shake a neighbor's hand, and then place their respective free hands atop their joined hands and raise them skyward.
“Feel the warmth and intensity?” he asked.
Boone — the legendary black football coach portrayed in Disney's 2000 movie “Remember the Titans” — said he used the exercise to help successfully unite the segregated rival football teams of three Alexandria, Va.-based high schools forced to integrate into T.C. Williams High School in 1971.
“Black hands shook white hands, and white hands shook black hands — for the first time,” said Boone, who was portrayed in the movie by Denzel Washington.
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Herman Boone addresses Oklahoma City leaders Thursday at the Petroleum Club. Photo provided to NewsOK.com