Remember the Titans
Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin, and the film is based on a true story. In 1971, at the desegregated T. C. Williams High School, Black head coach Herman Boone, is hired to lead the school's football team. Boone takes over from the current coach Bill Yoast, and in a show of respect, Boone offers an assistant coordinator coaching position to Yoast. At first he refuses Boone's offer, but is then tempted to join after the White players pledge to boycott the team if he does not participate. Dismayed at the prospect of the students losing their chances at scholarships, Yoast changes his mind and takes up the position of defensive coordinator.
The Black and White athletes of the football team frequently clash in racially motivated conflicts at their football camp; including those between captain Gerry Bertier (Hurst), and Julius Campbell (Harris). But after forceful coaxing and rigorous athletic training by Boone, the team achieves both racial harmony and triumph on the football field.
Preview Remember the Titans
Watch the Official Trailer: what are some of the key issues, elements, or themes that are suggested?
Daily Tasks and Important Information
- Intro: Remember- The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
Historical Setting Links
Below is a range of resources to develop your understanding of the setting of the film 'Remember the Titans'. American history is strongly connected to the progress made for racial equality. Access links that explore African-American history and view video clips to hear the real Herman Boone.Follow the link to access a presentation by the Smithsonian Natural History Museum of American History related to 'Segregated America'. The presentation is entitled 'Separate is Not Equal,' which is directly connected to the proposed meaning of segregation - 'Separate but Equal'. Make notes on your findings.Click on the link to access an African-American History Timeline from the 1600s to the current day. This is a chronology of black history form the early Slave Trade through to Affirmative Action. Make notes on your findings.When Coach Boone takes the players to the burial site of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, the players realise that they are part of something much bigger than an American Football Team. This scene is one of the main turning points that makes everything else possible. Follow the link to find out more about the Battle of Gettysburg and develop your understanding more fully.
Famous Speeches in American HistoryExplore the links below to learn more about two of the most famous speeches in American History: Abraham Lincoln's 'Gettysburg Address' and Marin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream'.
The Gettysburg AddressClick on the link to view Abraham Lincoln's famous speech:
The Gettysburg AddressAccess the History Channel for more information and video footage discussing Abraham Lincoln and his speech.
Remember the Titans: Interview with Real-Life Head Coach Herman Boone Part 1
- Who and what does he credit his success?
- What is a team?
- How many heartbeats does a team have?
- A team must overcome _______ __ _______?
Newsday North Fulton, Interview with Real-Life Coach Bill Yoast
- When did the Coach Yoast learn that he was no longer 'head coach'?
- What does he say the movie didn't depict? What specific event does he explain really happened to the little girl and the math teacher?
- What was the theme/message of the movie according to him?
- He says he learned _______: poor boy raised in the country.
Photo-Gallery of Racial DiscriminationView the images to see the changing attitudes towards racial equality in America history.Coming Soon . . .
Close Analysis Video Clips
Key Themes/Big Ideas Video Clips
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Remember the Titans Snapshots
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