The Black College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by African-American pioneers, quarterbacks James Harris and Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 90 Inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame is presented annually by The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) will have a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) to tell its story. Thirty-four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – roughly 10% of the players enshrined in Canton – attended an HBCU. All but two (Len Ford and Marion Motley, who briefly attended an HBCU before transferring to another college) are also members of the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
The two organizations announced a partnership in 2016 and are working together on joint programs and events, including: hosting future annual BCFHOF induction ceremonies at Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls; expanded educational programming and special events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Black History Month; a traveling exhibition; and post-graduate internship opportunities for graduates of HBCUs.
The partnership also includes the BCFHOF Classic held at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and a major exhibition inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame.