Suits for our Sons was held Monday evening in the multi-purpose room. Aktion Jackson, Florida A&M University alumnus and member of Kappa Alpha Psi, created the event in 2013.
Joshua Parson, a senior philosophy and religion student, was happy to get a new dress shirt and ties.
“I’m trying to be more professional in my everyday life, and I’m thankful for the merchandise I received,” said Parson.
Over 150 young African-American student men attended the suit drive.
Students gave top-quality suites, dress shirts and ties for free after listening to a seminar on the importance of dressing professional in the everyday workforce.
The chairman of the event, Nicholas Miller, professional MBA candidate at FAMU and member of Kappa Alpha Psi, was excited about the turnout.
“We exceeded our expectations and it will only get better. We hope students leave with a sense of empowerment as well as a strong sense of their future,” said Miller. “A lot of times students come to campus without a suit, and you need a suit to advance yourself professionally.”
Reggie Adas, Florida State motion picture and arts graduate, believes that the average American youth isn’t aware on the importance of professional dress.
“Unless you are forced to, it’s not something you would think to buy, and that’s why programs like these are so beneficial to the youth of today,” said Adas.
The event was the opening of Kappa Alpha Psi week, which ends April 3.