Tennessee State University is gearing up for another spectacular Homecoming with a great lineup of activities and a stellar group of grand marshals and honorees. This year’s Homecoming begins on Sunday, October 14 at 3:00 pm with the Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest. The big football game between the Big Blue Tigers and the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Nissan Stadium with kickoff set for 4:30 pm.
The Homecoming honorees are Dr. Calvin Atchison, retired vice president of development; Mrs. Dorothy Lockridge, retired vice president of student affairs; and Coach James Bass, retired health professor and swimming coach. The grand marshals are Mr. Robert Covington, NBA player with Philadelphia 76ers; Dr. Richard Lewis, TSU Board of Trustees member and owner of Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors; and Mrs. Delorse Lewis, former executive director of TSU Development / Foundation Office.
“As we reflect on many memorable moments that helped to shape our lives while matriculating at our beloved institution, our alma mater charged us to go forth and serve,” said Homecoming Chairman Grant L. Winrow. “Thus, it is only fitting that we honor another outstanding group of individuals who epitomize what Excellence and Success really look like.”
For just the second time, TSU has a Special Presidential Honoree: James Shaw, Jr. Shaw became a worldwide hero following an incident on April 22, 2018, when a gunman opened fire at a suburban Nashville Waffle House. Four people were killed and several others wounded in the shooting before Shaw wrestled the rifle away from the man, tossed it over the counter and shoved the shooter out the door. There likely would have been many more casualties had it not been for Shaw’s actions.
“We can only make real progress if we work together, stand collectively and care for one another,” said Shaw. “I will never let my life, or those lives we sadly lost, be in vain.”
Immediately following the incident, Shaw started a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $240,000 for family members of the shooting victims. Shaw has also started a foundation that seeks to address mental illness and mass community violence.
Other official Homecoming activities this year include, but are not limited to, the free Homecoming Gospel Explosion at 6pm Sunday, Oct. 14 in Kean Hall; the Coronation of Miss TSU and Mr. TSU at 7pm Wednesday, Oct. 17; groundbreaking of new Health Sciences Building at 10am, and the Homecoming concert with Gucci Mane at 7pm, Thursday, Oct. 18.
Friday, Oct. 19 the Breakfast of Champions is at 8am, the Charles Campbell Fish Fry is at 10 am, the National Pan-Hellenic Step Show is at 5pm, and the Homecoming Scholarship Gala with comedian Jonathan Slocumb as MC and legendary jazz artist Roy Ayers is at the Music City Center downtown at 7pm (reception at 6pm).
The legendary Homecoming Parade is at 9am Saturday, Oct. 20 from 14th and Jefferson Street to 33rd and John Merritt Boulevard, “The Battle of the Best” Dance Competition is at Noon, the football game between the Big Blue Tigers and the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech is at 4:30pm in Nissan Stadium, and “The Essence of TSU” Post-game Afterfest Concert is at the Sheraton Music City Ballroom at 9:30.
For more information about Homecoming activities, visit the www.tnstate.edu website.