2019 Freedom Classic Festival

Saturday, January 19, 2019

4:00 PM – Doors Open

6:00 PM – VUU vs. VSU Women’s Basketball Game

8:00 PM – VUU vs. VSU Men’s Basketball Game

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The 24th annual Freedom Classic Festival heads to Petersburg, VA on January 19th! Join us in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement with programming highlighted by the double-header matchup between  Virginia Union University and Virginia State University men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The 2019 Freedom Classic Game will take place at the VSU Multipurpose Center

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2019 Event Programming

Invest in Your Dreams

Our dreams often seem out of our reach until we put concrete action behind ensuring that they actually come to fruition. This year, the Freedom Classic Festival is encouraging you to “Invest in Your Dreams” by taking the steps necessary to ensure your dreams are well-planned and well-funded – thus making them more realistic and more attainable.

Tuesday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Invest in Your Dreams – Education/Careers

We recognize that educational programming focused around STEM-ED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Entrepreneurship and Design) is a growing trend in Richmond and across the country.  The Freedom Classic hosts “STEM-ED Connects,” an event where local professionals in STEM-ED related industries speak with Richmond Public School students to provide a glimpse into their careers and the path it took to get there.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Invest in Your Dreams– Education/Careers, Finances, Health and Wellness, Social Causes

The FCF Leadership Summit offers Richmond Public School high school students holistic enrichment through engaging presentations and summary panel Q&A’s from local leaders and influencers. Relatable voices will offer valuable perspectives touching on health and wellness, financial literacy, business/entrepreneurship, and social activism.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Invest in Your Dreams – Finances

Being financially literate is essential in maintaining financial stability. Having a thorough understanding of financial management – such as staying within a budget and managing credit – allows students and working adults alike to become self-sustainable throughout their lifetimes. At this event, attendees will be presented information on strategies and tips on how to manage finances effectively from various experts in the field.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Rise to the Challenge – Social Causes   

MEGA Mentors is an organization dedicated to making a positive, measurable difference in the lives of underrepresented students in Chesterfield County. As one of our partnering non-profit organizations, MEGA Mentors hosts its annual fundraiser, the Fine Art Benefit and Sale, as part of the Freedom Classic Festival weekend and money is raised to support the efforts of the organization through fine art sales and an eye-catching silent auction.

The 2019 Freedom Classic Festival features a double-header between CIAA rivals Virginia Union University and Virginia State University in not one, but TWO heart-pumping basketball games between both the women’s and the men’s teams. In addition to the basketball games, attendees will have the chance to watch a special performance by the acclaimed VSU Trojan Explosion marching band, and two special halftime performances. Additionally, patrons can visit our concourse to learn from various organizations about ways to invest in their dreams!

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The Rivalry Runs Deep

HBCU’s hold some of the longest-running sports and academic rivalries in history. VSU and VUU prove no different. With only about 25 miles in between them, these two powerhouse institutions have held on to a sports rivalry spanning decades. As the two only HBCUs in the area, VUU and VSU’s school pride runs deep.

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