Once you see them, you know it’s that time again. The orange and green flags, gently waving in the wind- or heat wave- across campus. All across the campus, sitting atop the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, FL, those flag signal a special time of year. Homecoming at Florida A&M University.
Many schools, colleges and universities celebrate homecomings. It’s when current students, faculty and staff welcome back those who have come before them to the campus. There are many speeches, tours and events. At many schools, there is a football game that caps off the week.
Still, I tend to think an HBCU’s homecoming is a unique thing of beauty. Granted, I am a biased alum and lifelong Rattler. Even now in 41st year of living, the excitement of homecoming is contagious. I have my itinerary planned and outfits coordinated. Only those affiliated with a historically black college and university can truly feel me. Yes, the music, food, fashion and football are spectacular. But there’s something more than those qualities. What’s extra special is that no matter if you went there or not, you’re truly one family and that’s felt throughout the Homecoming. It’s what keeps me coming back again and again.
Me and the bald guy at FAMU Homecoming in 2016.