Students proud to celebrate their culture


Floyd Rouwts III was crowned the Black Excellence winner.

The competition for Black Excellence took place on Feb. 28 in the Campus Union Building, with talents presented as spoken words, monologues, dance/stroll, and singing.

Melvis Hawkins, an office assistant in the African American Affairs Office, said the event was to end Black History Month and to show pride for black culture and to let students participate and compete to become Black Excellence, a title they can hold for a full year.

Floyd Rouwts III, a freshman studying graphic design, was crowned Black Excellence. He performed an original rap titled Jan. 28 Remix.

Rouwts said the message he was trying to showcase is things that go on in the community that are not normally highlighted.

He said it took him a whole month to prepare for the event.

Rouwts said he was honored to be holding the title of Black Excellence, adding that he knows he made his mom proud, and it was an amazing experience.

Rouwts said everyone is excellent in their own way, and everyone showcased their excellence. He said he wants to bring more attention to black culture to motivate other youth and show his family that he was able to do it and they can too.

Freshman Frederick D. Fitch Jr., who is studying music education, was a military child who traveled a lot growing up, but he claims Japan.

Fitch’s talent was stepping, strolling, and singing. He decided to participate to express his black excellence and to participate in something related to Black History Month.

Fitch said he believed he did well, and he really enjoyed the experience.

Fitch said he quickly pieced together his performance in February. He created the step, then the stroll, and added a hymn from his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated. Fitch said he hoped to gain the camaraderie and fellowship with other black students and faculty from the experience.

Fitch said he wanted to bring all cultures together to educate others about his fraternity since he is the only sigma on campus.

He went on to say that historically, black students and minority students have been undermined and overlooked, and he wants to do what he can to stop that on college campuses.

Fitch said he enjoys performing and wants to be an entertainer, singer, and songwriter.

He said he decided to participate because he is passionate about his culture.

Although he was nervous at first, Fitch said he felt confident in his performance.

Sophomore Daisha Gaines is studying criminal justice and minoring in social work. She performed spoken word poetry.

Gaines wanted to participate because she wanted to be part of something and do something fun. She is confident in her performance and believe she did great.

Gaines said there was a great turnout at the event. She was hoping to have fun and share with others the troubles she had faced because of her skin color.

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