Gospel concert adds ‘amen’ to Homecoming week

Tye Tribbett performing at gospel concert
Photo courtesy Adrianna Alexander

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” reads Matthew 18:20.

And what better way to close out Homecoming week than coming together to thank the Lord for allowing us to make it through. This year’s gospel concert turned out to be the venue for just that.

The 13th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour hosted by Lonnie Hunter Saturday evening showcased award-winning artists like Kierra Sheard, Keke Wyatt, Donald Lawrence and Tye Tribbett.

Sponsored by McDonalds and Dr. Pepper, the free event held in the Al Lawson Center attracted past, present and future Rattlers to celebrate God’s blessings and put a spotlight on FAMU’s own city.

“Black & Positively Golden is a new movement to uplift communities through education, empowerment and entrepreneurship. It tells stories of truth, power and pride, and focuses on the people and places that are the greatest expression of Black excellence,” is featured on the McDonalds website.

Using #WeAreGolden on Instagram, concert goers were encouraged to post their videos and pictures at the event, and even tag their favorite artist.

The gospel concert took crowd Saturday night in the Lawson Center.
Photo Submitted by Olivia Abney

Up and coming artist Sir the Baptist shared some peer appropriate advice, telling young entrepreneurs to “Be young and confident in God,” and “Make sure you lead with God.”

On a campus of so many business owners and industry innovators, his words could not be thought of as anything but encouraging.

In addition to highlighting the dedication McDonalds has had in the uplifting of the black community, the main focus of the event was to raise awareness about its charitable Ronald McDonald house that assists the families of kids in unfortunate circumstances and needing medical attention.

“We are here for a purpose. There are children who are laying in bed right now and wish they could get up like you. A lot of times we look past the small things and they are wishing they could be where you are right now. So, what we are doing is we are taking our faith and our gifts and our finances and we’re sending everything that is raised here tonight in Tallahassee, stays her in Tallahassee,” Hunter said.

Supporters were able to send donations through electronic money transfer and the good ole’ fashion collection basket.

If there is one thing that FAMU loves, it’s a lit praise and the gospel concert never disappoints.

Stay Black and Positively Golden FAMU.