By Christel York, AFRO Staff

There is nothing like an HBCU Homecoming and this past weekend there were three in the Baltimore and Washington D.C metropolitan area: Morgan State University (MSU), Bowie State University (BSU) and Howard University (HU). Between these three, there’s an unspoken battle of who has the best and biggest homecoming and tailgate this year. My beloved MSU never disappoints. 

Each year the crowds grow larger and larger and flood North East Baltimore with the almighty orange and blue. Ahead of the game on Oct. 12, a parade lined the streets of Argonne, Hillen, The Alameda, East Cold Spring, and Loch Raven. The Homecoming Parade is always a crowd favorite, drawing faithful onlookers year after year who don’t just marvel over MSU’s band, but over local high school bands like the Poly Western High School Band that high step gracefully as they perform. And, if you missed the parade this year, MSU’s band, The Magnificent Marching Machine led by Melvin Miles, can be seen in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City next month. 

Morgan State University’s band, The Magnificent Marching Machine, takes the field on Oct. 12 just ahead of kickoff. (Courtesy Photo)

The atmosphere leading up to the homecoming game, held in Hughes Memorial Stadium, was electrifying as the Morgan Bears took on the Delaware Hornets. The alumni and students were all filled with excitement as they gathered on the yard to reunite with fellow Morganites and, faculty and friends. 

In recent years, MSU has been proclaimed as the biggest HBCU tailgate in Baltimore, as the scene was set with multiple DJ’s, food trucks and vendors in the parking lot of the former Northwood Shopping Center and the Montebello Complex on Argonne Drive. It came as no surprise that the Morgan community would celebrate on every inch of campus as this is the second year in a row that the Delaware State Hornets lose in a blowout against the Morgan Bears, 34 to 3. Morgan State University has been identified as the state of Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University and produces the most African American engineers, educators and business leaders in the state.