To shed light on issues in society, Florida A&M University’s Student Senate hosts an annual Strike Out Showcase. This year’s showcase was focused on “Striking Out Racism.”
On March 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Jake Gaither Gymnasium, FAMU’s 47th Student Senate partnered with several campus organizations for an evening of entertainment, awareness and unity.
In 2014 when the Strike Out Showcase first made its debut on the “Hill,” its purpose was to raise money for Coleman Library. At the time the show case was titled “The Coleman Library Showcase.”
Overtime the Coleman Library committee determined funding was no longer needed, leading FAMU’s Student Government Association (SGA) to rename “The Coleman Library Showcase” to “The Strike Out Showcase.”
Rochard Moricette, Senate Pro Tempore of SGA, encourages students to attend the annual Strike Out Showcase.
“This is an awesome event SGA puts on, we have so many talented students on campus and this is a great event for them to display their talents while coming together for a good cause,” Moricette said.
With performances from Faces Modeling Troupe, Images Modeling Troupe, FAMU Elite Dance Squad, Attack Dance Crew, Rampage Step Team, Mahogany Dance Theatre, the showcase was free of admission and open to students, along with the Tallahassee community.
Performers from the several organizations incorporated African themed costumes and music into their performances to contribute to the theme of unity.
Student Relations Committee Vice Chairman Taylor Hall strongly encourages unity among the student body.
“Ending racism is so important in today’s culture. SGA wants to show that FAMU is unified and can go through anything, at the end of the day we are all equal even when society says otherwise,” Hall said.
Music for this event was provided by Tallahassee’s own DJ Loose Kid, and various Tallahassee promotional and marketing groups provided free merchandise giveaways.
Freshman senator Solomon Lamar said what makes this Strike Out Showcase different than any other campus showcase is that the prime focus is to bring awareness to racism and the negative effect it has on the student body.
“Bringing back the old culture of FAMU is important, we have a common purpose of striking out racism which unifies us a FAMUly,” Lamar said.