Events Announced for Annual Labor Day Classic Week

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By: Eriq White, Student Intern

The annual Labor Day Classic is quickly approaching. The grid iron matchup between the Tuskegee Golden Tigers and the Alabama State Hornets is one of the oldest rivalries in HBCU history bringing alumni and fans from all over to Montgomery.

ASU has a week of events planned leading up to the big game on Saturday September 7, 2019, including the Nat King Cole Jazz Festival to kick the week off; the CommUniversity Block Party; the President’s Gala; and the Labor Day Classic Concert featuring R&B Soul sensation Anthony Hamilton.

You do not want to miss out on all of the exciting activities and events. It’s going to be one to remember.

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The complete schedule is as follows:

Sunday September 1, 2019:

Nat King Cole Jazz Festival
Hosted by WVAS-FM 90.7

Alabama State University celebrates the 100th birthday of Nat King Cole with a special performance by his brother, international recording artist, Freddy Cole, along with other guest artists. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing afternoon and evening of great entertainment.

-5 p.m. (Gates open at 4 p.m.)
-Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Downtown Montgomery


Tuesday September 3, 2019:

Hornets Day of Service

Hornet Nation volunteers share the true 'Bama State Spirit' with the local Salvation Army. Open to students, staff and alumni.

-11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
-Salvation Army
-900 Maxwell Blvd. Montgomery, AL


CommUniversity Block Party

It's the kick-off celebration for the Labor Day Classic complete with food trucks, big games, a DJ, prizes and more! Fun for the whole family! A Community Celebration!

-5 p.m.
-ASU Stadium Parking Lot

Wednesday September 4, 2019:

Inauguration of SGA President

David Whitlow, Alabama State University’s Student Government Association President will make his inaugural address to the student body and campus community.

-6 p.m.
-Ralph David Abernathy Auditorium


SGA President's Ball

ASU students will celebrate their new leaders in a Classic ball with swag.

-8 p.m.
-John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom


Thursday September 5, 2019:

Presidential Gala: A Benefit for ASU

Featuring Howard Hewett, former lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning R&B/Soul vocal group, Shalamar. Proceeds will benefit strategic and student-focused initiatives of ASU.

·         Individual tickets - $200

·         Table of 10 - $3,000

·         Sponsorships available

-7 - 11 p.m.
-Reception begins at 6 p.m.
-Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center


Friday September 6, 2019:

Breakfast of Champions
*Invitation Only* 
The ASU Department of Athletics will celebrate our student-athletes who have won Southeastern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years.

-10 a.m.
-John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom


National Alumni Association Labor Day Golf Classic
A golf tournament showdown between ASU National Alumni Association and Tuskegee Alumni for Student Success. For more information, please contact Erick Wright at

-11 a.m. - Shotgun Start
-Lagoon Park Golf Course


Ole 'Bama State Spirit Arts and Crafts

Students and alumni

-John Garrick Hardy Student Center Food Court


Bama State Pep Rally

The SGA-sponsored Pep Rally will get you ready to cheer the Hornets on to victory in the showdown against ‘Skegee. Hornets fans are invited to join in the fun!

-5 - 7 p.m.
-Hornet Stadium


50 Under 50 Awards Celebration
Invitation Only

ASU recognizes the newest inductees into the 50 Under 50 Class of 2019, which celebrates alumni who have demonstrated significant achievements in their professions and/or in public service.

-5 - 7 p.m.
-John Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom


Labor Day Classic Concert
Neo Soul sensation Anthony Hamilton headlines an evening of entertainment that also includes Doug E. Fresh, SWV and Jagged Edge.

-8 - 11 p.m.
-Dunn-Oliver Acadome


Saturday September 7, 2019:

Hornet Walk
Come cheer the Hornets on to victory during the game day team and coaches walk, starting at the Tailgate Village near the soccer field and winding its way to the stadium. Bring your best Hornet Spirit! Go Hornets!

-2:50 p.m.
-The ASU Stadium


3rd Annual Labor Day Classic ASU/TU Football Game
Come show your 'Bama State Spirit' as the Hornets take on the Tuskegee Tigers

-5:00 p.m. 
-The ASU Stadium


Sunday September 8, 2019:

Battle of the Bands
$15 in advance; $20 day of the event. Check back for dates tickets will become available at the ASU Ticket Office

-2 p.m.
-The ASU Stadium


ASU vs. Jacksonville State Soccer
Keep the spirit moving as the Lady Hornets take to the field against the JSU Gamecocks.

-2 p.m.