Labor Day Classic Plans Move Ahead

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ASU Moves Ahead with Plans for an Exciting Labor Day Classic Week


By Lois G. Russell/ASU

The 2021 Labor Day Classic Week is only a short time away, and Alabama State University is hosting a full calendar of events to celebrate the return of the hugely popular event.

“We are so excited to have our alumni and other ASU supporters return to our campus to enjoy the festivities that we’ve planned for Labor Day Classic Week,” said Jennifer Anderson, ASU’s executive director of Advancement Initiatives. “We have events leading up to the big game that will provide entertainment and fun for the whole family. We have only had to postpone one event, the Bama State MusicFest, due to the city’s announcement of the suspension of the use of city facilities because of the increase of COVID-19 cases in Montgomery and the state of Alabama.”

The University plans to move forward with the rest of the Labor Day Classic calendar of events that includes tailgating, a pre-game Block Party featuring live entertainment on the Sting Stage and the Hornet Walk for the ASU football team and the Mighty Marching Hornets.

“We will also have the ribbon cutting for the Whataburger Resource Room, an HBCU Panel Discussion, the NAA Golf Tournament and a list of activities just for our students,” Anderson said. “And of course, everything leads up to the gridiron showdown between the ASU Hornets and the Golden Bears of Miles College.”

One of the highlights of the week will be the 2021 President’s Gala at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Convention Center. The evening’s entertainment includes award-winning R&B group, Silk, and Montgomery’s popular band, Souled Out.

“We’re proud that the ASU President’s Gala has become one of Montgomery’s premier events,” said President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. “It is a signature event of Labor Day Classic week, and we’re bringing it back with extra COVID-19 protocols in place for the protection of our guests and employees. The Gala is our opportunity to show our gratitude and to recognize those who have supported the University and our students over the past year.”

Organizers say that while some Labor Day Classic events are specifically for ASU students, others are open to the public. The University will require recommended COVID-19 protocols for all events, including wearing masks and conducting temperature checks.

For a complete list of events, to purchase tickets and to learn more about Gala and event protocols, visit

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.