Every year students from different universities anxiously wait for homecoming to come around. But it’s something particularly special about homecoming at a historically Black college and university. From the parties to the step shows, and let’s not forget the football games. As much as we love to root on our teams, the halftime show with the band is the real spotlight. Homecoming is a whole family reunion; a stitch etched in the fabric of Black culture in America.
It’s also a time to celebrate and reassure the significance of HBCUs in our country. Last year, the coronavirus put a wretch in those moments, and homecoming was canceled.
Fesitvities canceled again…
This year it seems there will be the same pattern of disappointment. Many HBCUs decided to cancel again due to COVID. Among those universities taking precaution are Morehouse and Spelman University. North Carolina A&T University is limiting their festivities and pulled the plug on their parade.
But not all is lost. Universities such as Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Howard University, Southern University, Jackson State are proceeding with homecoming plans; but with COVID-19 safety precautions such as masks.
…the vibe will go on for others but safely
In Florida, one of the most anticipated homecomings is Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, attracting over 25,600 people according to HBCU Gameday. It takes place between Oct. 25-31.
Edward Waters College alumna Jada Gammage looks forward to attending FAMU’s homecoming.
“I can’t wait for homecoming this year,” Gammage says, who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “This will be my second time going to Tallahassee specifically for homecoming. I know FAMU’s homecoming will be one for the books.”
She added, “Everybody was so mad about last year. This year is a make-up for last so I know it will be fun!”
FAMU will continue its traditional events such as the housing step show and the parade, Greek step show, and comedy show. Like most HBCU homecoming, there’s bound to be celebrity pop-ups. Influencer Ari Fletcher and rappers No Cap, Est Gee are expected to make appearances at FAMU.
As far as the coronavirus goes, like most universities, the Student Affairs of Florida A&M plans to follow the CDC guidelines to ensure a safe environment.
Destiny Ingraham is a senior Broadcast Journalism student from Broward County, FL. She
currently attends Florida A&M University. On her spare time she enjoys writing, spending time
with friends, skating, and listening to music.