This Year’s Classic

rivalbThe 2013 “Commemorative Classic” between the Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls and Livingstone Collage Blue Bears will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7th 2013 at the Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The “Commemorative Classic” will acknowledge, promote and celebrate the contributions of these two institutions and recognize the historical and cultural significance of the first Black College football game played in America in 1892. 

The Classic

In December 27 of 1892, Livingstone College and Biddle College, (Johnson C. Smith University) played in the snows of Salisbury, North Carolina, just two days after Christmas. A writer of a story in the 1930 year-book of Livingstone College provided a glimpse of that December experience when the team from Biddle Institute traveled to Livingstone’s Old Delta Grove campus in Salisbury to play while writers recorded the results of a historic moment in sports history.

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