-Former Tennessee Titan Derrick Mason to Serve as Keynote Speaker of Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon -  

Nashville, Tenn.,November 4, 2016 - Fisk University has announced the establishment of the Fisk University Hall of Fame to honor former athletes, coaches, and administrators that have played an integral part in the achievements of the Fisk athletics program

As part of weeklong homecoming celebration, the inaugural Hall of Fame induction will be held during a luncheon on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 10:00am in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall at Fisk University. Derrick Mason, former wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans, will serve as keynote speaker for the luncheon

The 2016 Hall of Fame inaugural class will see the posthumous induction of the "Sons of Milo", the undefeated 1893 team named after the first university president, Erastus Milo Cravath. Members of the 1893 "Sons of Milo" team were:
Julian Ware, Charles Snyder, John W. Work, Sr., Luther Moore, Fish Jenkins, William Miller, Harry Bass, Sr., Peter Landry, Joseph Barrbin, and G.M. McClellan.

During the luncheon, there will be a short screening of “Lucky Eleven”, a documentary chronicling 11 former high school teammates that played at Fisk and later drafted by the NFL.
“Establishing a Hall of Fame at Fisk has been long overdue, as our athletics program has existed and thrived for 100 of the 150 years that the university has been in existence,” said Dr. Larry Glover, director of athletics. “The Fisk University Sports Hall of Fame seeks to highlight the many contributions made by former Fisk athletes, dating back to 1893 when our first sports team was established. This will be a special moment for the many alumni that will be in attendance and we look forward to welcoming future recipients into our Hall of Fame.”

Membership into the Hall of Fame is extended to those that have competed in one or more of the university sanctioned sports programs, but also to those that have served as supporters for the athletics program. Members are nominated and voted on by a committee consisting of members of the athletics department, alumni association, and student body.

For more information regarding the Hall of Fame luncheon, please contact Dr. Larry Glover, director of athletics at or Russell Acklin, sports information director at .

About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly. According to the American Physical Society, Fisk is the #1 producer of underrepresented minority Master's in Physics degrees.  Fisk is ranked in the top 15 institutions for awarding the Master's in Physics degree for all students, and tied for fourth place for Master's degrees awarded to women. Fisk is the 4th highest ranked institution in Tennessee and the highest ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Forbes magazine’s 2015 edition of “America’s Top Colleges.” Fisk has ranked in Princeton Review’s “Best Southeastern Colleges” publication for 22 consecutive years.  U.S. News &World Report ranks Fisk in the elite Tier One liberal arts institutions. Fisk has earned 4 R&D100 Awards, the only HBCU to do so. For more information about Fisk University, please visit