TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nearly 3,000 people attended Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Presidential Election Watch Party on Super Tuesday.
As part of the watch party, FAMU partnered with TV One, a national cable network that targets African Americans and reaches more than 45.8 million households, to provide cut-ins between 7 p.m. and midnight from FAMU’s campus. FAMU broadcast journalism students served as reporters for TV One during the cut-ins.
Local residents, FAMU students, faculty, staff and administrators flooded the air with cheers and claps of approval as the numbers for the historic presidential election came in throughout the night.
Rays of red, white and blue lights beamed from TV One’s live broadcast post while individuals waved American flags in the air in a sheer display of patriotism.
FAMU President James H. Ammons told the crowd they were gathered for no ordinary evening.
“This is the first time the United States could have an African American as president,” said Ammons. “Americans have showed up to the polls as early as two weeks ago in records numbers because they understood the importance of this election. Just think, here at FAMU, the Student Vote Coalition registered more than 3,100 FAMU students to vote; many of those students residing here on campus.”
Ammons reminded the crowd to keep in mind the fight and struggle of those who lost their lives for their rights.
Also on hand for the watch party were Representative Curtis Richardson and FAMU Student Government Association President Andrew Collins.
Watch party attendees sat tentatively in lawn chairs or stood in FAMU’s quadrangle watching two 10 foot tall screens projecting the latest updates and coverage of this year’s presidential election.
“This was the most nerve-racking, yet exciting election,” said Amisha Murray, a 19-year-old, sophomore pre-professional student in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). “This was the first time I had the opportunity to vote, and I helped make history.”
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