Homecoming in the 1970's-1980's
The 1960's had brought a changing landscape of social unrest and upheaval in the lives of African Americans around the country during the Civil Rights movement, and the themes of JCSU's Homecoming celebrations changed in the 1970's to reflect the new confident black student. The concept of "Black is Beautiful," a dominant theme of the Black awareness movement sweeping many colleges during the late 1960's, began to define the coronation activities of the JCSU Homecoming queen. The first coronation with this new emphasis would be in 1972, where the script for the ceremony was written in Swahili and the setting was given an African motif instead of having its previous British flavor. Throughout the 1970's the coronation would have these themes, as the queen was carried by men in loincloths and surrounded by Egyptian and other African motifs. The Golden Bulls football teams were at their height during the 1970's under Coach McGirt, defined by a stingy defense and a punishing rushing attack.