Harris Proudly Supports Howard in Game Against FAMU
Although Howard University lost by four points at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Vice President Harris remained gracious in defeat. In an interview with ESPN during the game, she described herself as a “very proud Bison” and commended FAMU for their performance.
A Symbolic Arrival
Accompanied by the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, Vice President Harris arrived in Atlanta wearing Howard’s school colors – blue and gray. They were greeted on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
A Celebration of HBCUs
When asked about the significance of university athletics, Harris expressed her deep connection to Howard and her appreciation for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Attending Howard’s games throughout her college years and returning for homecoming, Harris sees it as a cultural appreciation and a celebration of excellence.
A Historic Game
The Howard vs. FAMU game marked the ninth year of the Celebration Bowl and the first time either team had advanced to the championship. FAMU came into the game with a 10-game win streak, while Howard had a two-game winning streak. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) held a 6-1 advantage over the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the bowl.
A Thrilling Fan Attendance
More than 41,000 fans attended the game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, showcasing the immense support for both Howard and FAMU.