Bowie State and Saginaw Valley State to Join Historic Collaboration on HBCU Culture and Traditions



Bowie, MD. – Bowie State University (BSU) of the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) and Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) have announced a unique common ground collaboration that will highlight the history and experience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The two NCAA Division II programs are scheduled to face off in a football game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at SVSU’s Wickes Stadium.

Founded in 1865 in Maryland, Bowie State is one of the first HBCUs in the United States and the oldest in the state of Maryland. It will combine with SVSU to offer several educational and cultural events in the days leading up to Saturday’s football game, including appearances at SVSU by Bowie State’s renowned Symphony of Soul marching band and joint programs hosted by faculty from both institutions. . SVSU is Michigan’s youngest public university, founded in 1963.

“While our sports teams and those of other HBCUs often compete against non-HBCUs in various sports, the experience is often limited to athletic competition,” said Clyde Doughty, Jr. Vice President for Athletics and intercollegiate recreation at Bowie State. “This partnership between Bowie State and SVSU provides tremendous learning opportunities for representatives of both schools and their communities. I am not aware of any similar venture that has ever been undertaken.”

On Thursday, September 8, there will be a screening of the film “Tell Them We Arise”, followed by a panel discussion. Some traditional HBCU socials, including a “step show,” will be among the pre-game events at SVSU on Friday, September 9.

“The SVSU community and surrounding community have a proud tradition of supporting diverse cultures, including on-campus events such as our Cross-Cultural Night, participation in the MLK Unity Walk, Great Lakes Bay Regional MLK Celebration and more,” said John Decker, director of athletics at SVSU. “Michigan is home to just one small HBCU (Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design) that recently resumed operations, so for many of our students, faculty, and staff, this will be a unique opportunity to learn more about these amazing institutions and their important role in American higher education.

Bowie State finished 2021 ranked 6th nationally for NCAA Division II football; the Bulldogs hosted SVSU for a football contest last season.

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