BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Community members, students, dancers, and the well-known Human Jukebox band gathered today at the Tony Clayton Plaza to showcase their HBCU pride as Southern University hosted Black College Live, right before tomorrow’s game against Florida A&M University. 

What is the Black College Live show? It’s a pregame tailgate show hosted by ESPN that talks about football, but most importantly highlights the HBCU football experience.

Tony Clayton, a local district attorney and alumni, who was recognized by Black College Live, and Charles Germany, another Southern University alumni, emphasize the importance for Southern to be recognized. 

“I mean, they educated African-Americans at the turn of this. After slavery was over in the 1880s. These universities were created, and they educated folks like me to give me an opportunity to be a productive citizen of this country and of this state and of my community,” said Clayton. 

Germany drove up from Arkansas to be part of the Black College Live experience says Southern University is a “blessing to him” and even wears the campus merchandise every day. He says Southern is very deserving of the spotlight and is proud to represent his alma mater. 

“Southern University for me is a way of life. It means for me to live a good life, and it has provided a good life for me,” he said. 

For those who couldn’t come to the filming, a full video of the interviews and the experience can be found on Black College Live’s youtube page.