Herman Boone used the discussion to address some of the real-life issues he faced in 1971 as head football coach of the then newly integrated T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Boone's character is played by Denzel Washington in "Remember the Titans."
Boone focused the talk on his experiences that were depicted in the movie, which was shown in the Union Auditorium on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27.
The discussion was held in 111 Carroll Hall and sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board and Students for the Advancement of Race Relations.
Chimi Boyd, assistant director of the Campus Y, said she thought the seminar was appropriate for the time of year. "With it being Black History Month, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to bring (Boone) to campus," Boyd said.
Boone, who is now retired, explained that he first declined his appointment at T.C. Williams because the fact that he was picked over a white coach with more experience was controversial. "They didn't want me; they just wanted a black coach," he said.