Voices Poetry Group’s Open Mic Night Thursday, which brought more than 200 people out to the Florida A&M University’s Rattler’s Den.
During Open Mic Night, Voices members expressed the significance of the organization.
Christopher Watson, a junior facility management student, said, “Voices Poetry Group allows individuals to express themselves in a poetic environment, while holding on to a sense of self. It opens doors to many outlets for people to free their minds.”
Seasoned Voices members recited their poetry. People in the audience who were not Voices members were encouraged to perform as well.
Maya King, a sophomore public relations student, participated by reciting a poem she had wrote in high school. Her piece,“Little Troubled Angel,” garnered a positive reaction from the crowd.
“That was my first time ever performing in front of an audience,” King said. “I am so glad I was able to use the platform that Voices gave me to express myself.”
Others came to either listen to the poets’ rhythmic rhymes or to support their friends. Most spectators enjoyed the show and for some it was their first time watching Voices members perform.
Tory Mack, a freshman biology student, said, “It is so amazing to see something so beautiful like this happen in an everyday setting. I have never been a part of anything like this.”
Voices Poetry Group is a FAMU organization founded Oct. 2, 2009. It has been a staple in the FAMU community, especially amongst students. The organization gives artists the opportunity to express themselves through spoken word.
For more information on the organization, visit their website.