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.READ MORE: French Forces Kill ISIS Leader Believed To Be Responsible For Sgt. La David Johnson’s Death
“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 aboutREAD MORE: COVID Booster Shot Confusion Ahead Of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
“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 generationMORE NEWS: Rodney Rodriguez, Driver In High-Speed Crash That Killed 3, Finally Booked Into Jail
“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.”