Unity and Excellence: FAMU Students Showcase Their Talents

The FAMUs Finest: Talented and Terrific Students Showcase kicked off inaguration week for Florida A&M University’s 11th President Elmira Mangum Monday.

Inauguration Week will consist of events to encourage fellowship within the Tallahassee community.

"It is exciting, celebrating the talents that our students have," Mangum expressed. "This is where the community can see what FAMU students have to offer."

Many participated in the program headlined by The FAMU Connection; an energetic group who demonstrated their singing and dancing skills. 

The Essential Theatre presented a scene from August Wilson's Fences and quickly became a crowd favorite. 

Dania King, a senior theatre student, made clear what act she  enjoyed most.

"My favorite performance was Fences with Terrence Pride and Charmaine Shaw,” King said. “It really showcased who we are and what we are about.". 

The performance of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated closed out the night, leaving spectators thoroughly impressed by the whole experience. 

Though the talents of many Rattlers were displayed, their intelligence and professionalism shined throughout the production allowing the community to recognize the essence of FAMU. 

Charmaine Shaw, a junior at FAMU and an actor in Fences, spoke on what the opportunity meant for The Essential Theatre.

"We just wanted to come out and show the community everything FAMU has instilled in us," Shaw said. "[FAMU] Students work hard doing what we love and this was a product of that hard work.”

The showcase was met with reviews and allowed FAMU students to share their talents with the Tallahassee community.