2020 Freedom Classic Festival

Community. Culture. Classic.

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

4:00 p.m. — Doors Open

4:45 p.m. — High School Drumline Competition

6:00 p.m. — VUU vs. VSU Women’s Basketball Game

8:00 p.m. — VUU vs. VSU Men’s Basketball Game

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25 years ago, we had a vision.

A vision of commemorating the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy, as well as the groundbreaking selfless acts of other prominent civil rights leaders and activists. A vision of showcasing the rich history and culture of two of the nation’s top HBCUs — Virginia State and Virginia Union. This vision became a reality — and then some — when the Freedom Classic Festival was born in 1996.

It started as a college basketball game between two passionate rivals. But it became something more.

It became programming to educate more than 20,000 students about STEM-ED industries. Seminars about health, wellness, and financial literacy. And a forum for community activism.

Dust off your VSU and VUU gear and join us for the 25th installment of one of the biggest HBCU rivalries ever at VSU’s Multi-Purpose Center on Saturday, January 18th!

This year’s Game Day will return to the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.

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Event Programming

Dream without limits.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Host venue: Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

It’s one thing to learn from a textbook.

But it’s another to engage with professionals who our youth can identify with and aspire to.

STEM-ED Connects welcomes professionals in the STEM-ED (science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and design) industries to share about their professions with Greater Richmond middle schoolers through engaging live demonstrations and presentations.

The program wraps up with a Q&A session, followed by a lunch mixer where students can network with this year’s participating speakers.

Our hope with this program is to encourage our youth to dream without limits.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Host venue: The Hippodrome Speakeasy Grill

The Leadership Summit gives high school students from Richmond Public Schools the chance to interact with and learn from an engaging panel of local leaders and influencers.

At the summit, these students will have a chance to hear from relatable voices on everything from living a healthier lifestyle to financial literacy, business and entrepreneurship, as well as social activism.

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Host venue: The Hippodrome Theatre

The sale benefits Greater Richmond youth through the selling and purchasing of art from world-class African-American artists.

We’re buying from our community to support the future of our community.

Join us for a night of fun, exquisite food and drink, and incredible live music!

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Host venue: VSU Multi-Purpose Center

This year’s Game Day returns to the VSU Multi-Purpose Center on Saturday, January 18th!

The marquee event is the heart-pumping double-header between Virginia Union’s and Virginia State’s women’s and men’s teams, respectively.

Additionally, there’ll be an exciting high school drumline competition, as well as astounding halftime performances by VUU’s and VSU’s nationally renowned drumlines. The VUU and VSU gospel choirs will also give uplifting performances.

Last but not least, on the Dream Without Limits concourse there will be various industry leaders and organizations in attendance that patrons can learn from and engage.

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