There’s nothing like tailgating at Southern University on a football weekend
Photos from moments in and around the game
If you’ve never tailgated at an HBCU game, you haven’t really tailgated.
Folk showed up, and showed out, hours before the game – grilling, eating, commiserating and fellowshipping – eagerly anticipating the bands and their school’s dancers. And, oh – there was a game, too – a matchup that would go down to the wire, with Southern University holding off South Carolina State 14-8 in the season-opener for both teams on Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“I’d much rather be here than at the LSU game,” said a white police officer who made himself quite comfortable with a plate of food passed to him by a happy grill-master. “This is a small community, but on a day like today, we’re all family – and, I can walk to the field from here with no issue.”
The smells and the sounds of HBCU football is intoxicating. Yes, there’s trash-talking on both sides, but that’s part of it, too. As people walk by and children chase each other between tents, there’s a familial feel that you can only understand if you see it up close.
The Undefeated tried to capture the day through photography – giving you a feel for the bands, the drum line, the dancers, regular folks who bleed for their alma maters. – Mark W. Wright