2023 Freedom Classic Festival

Friday, January 13th to Saturday, January 14th, 2023

Community. Culture. Classic.


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The annual Freedom Classic Festival meets again in Petersburg, VA on January 14th! 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 Rivalry Runs Deep

HBCUs 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.

Event Programming

Community. Culture. Classic.

Friday, January 13th, 2023 
6:30 pm
Hippodrome Theater
528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA 23219

Join us to celebrate this “Season of Sharing!”

We will be live at the Hippodrome at 6:30pm for this year’s Mega Mentors Fine Art Benefit and Sale.

Mega Mentors is a school-based mentoring program based in Chesterfield County, Virginia that is committed to helping at-risk students become more successful in Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Can’t make it in-person? The online auction is now LIVE!

Saturday, January 14, 2023
Doors open at 11am
The Women Face-off: 12:00 pm
The Men Face-off: 3:00 pm
Virginia State University Multipurpose Center
20809 2nd Ave, Petersburg, VA 23803

The 2023 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. Additionally, patrons can visit our concourse to meet with college recruiters from some of the Mid-Atlantic’s top universities.

The 2023 Freedom Classic Game will take place at the VSU Multipurpose Center

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