By Bobeth Yates

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Orange Blossom Classic is officially here after a 43-year hiatus in what is considered the pinnacle of historic Black college football matchups.

Florida A&M and Jackson State University will face off for the official comeback of the once renowned event.

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“I’m really happy it’s coming back honestly, just bring the people together it brings a culture together. It’s really the time especially since the pandemic,” said Dominique Lasseur.

The four-day event included multiple festivities. Thursday, a golf tournament, Friday, a career fair. Saturday started off with a parade and then the pregame concert. Sunday, the big football match-up, as FAMU debuted in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Jackson State fans say they are ready to show them what being in the SWAC is all about

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“The opportunity to bring my team to Miami and let them see what it’s about as FAMU is just now joining the SWAC, so it’s great. The first game head-to-head completion,” said Veronica Simmons.

But despite the camaraderie, Oliver Gilbert the vice-chair of Miami-Dade board of county commissioners says the event has a bigger purpose of community involvement and connecting with the younger generation

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“Some of our older folks, who are like, ‘hey, I remember this’ and especially since we actually get to show it to kids. Now, we get to show it to a generation who didn’t know that Orange possum was and they understand it’s a grandeur of HBCUs football and how it’s not just a game how what we do is not just.”