Rickey Smiley to Serve as Host of SWAC 100th Anniversary Gala


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced a new date for the upcoming 100th Year Anniversary Gala. The event which was initially slated to be held on Saturday, July 18th will now be held on Friday, July 17th.


The league has also announced that national radio host and entertainer Rickey Smiley will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event.


“I’m extremely excited to partner with the Southwestern Athletic Conference as the Master of Ceremonies for the SWAC 100th Year Anniversary Gala,” said Smiley.


“When SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland reached out to me with this opportunity I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of this historic and prestigious event celebrating the rich history of the conference.”


The SWAC 100th Year Anniversary Gala is scheduled to be held on Friday, July 17th at 8:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. The event will be open to the general public with tickets set to go on sale during the month of January in 2020.


• Harold Carmichael (SU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Marino Casem (Legendary Coach of Southern and Alcorn State)

• Ken Houston (Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Charlie Joiner (Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Emmitt Thomas (Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Doug Williams (GSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• James “Shack” Harris (GSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Mel Blount (Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Robert Brazile (Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Willie Totten (Black College Football Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Cynthia Cooper (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee)

• Everson Walls (GSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Eddie Robinson (ASU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Parnell Dickinson (MVSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Rickie Weeks (SU Legend and former Professional Baseball Player)

• Kenny Burrough (TSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

• Vernon Perry (JSU Legend and former Professional Football Player)

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