Members of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) family gathered to honor Fallen Rattlers during formal vigil ceremonies on campus in recent weeks.
The ceremonies provided an opportunity to recognize Fallen Rattlers of years past and those who most recently left a bright legacy for loved ones and friends to cherish.
During a vigil sponsored by the University’s Benevolence Committee and Faculty Senate for all Fallen Rattlers on Oct. 21, various officials spoke of the need to remember members of the University family who came before us.
Maurice Holder, Ph.D., a FAMU professor and former Faculty Senate President, said the service provided a platform to remember those who gave their all to help bring the University to the level it has attained.
“We are here to remember those who have gone in order to continue in the FAMU traditions, hope, prayer and every day involvement that will take us to greater heights,” Holder said.
Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. thanked everyone in attendance for taking the time to honor FAMU’s Fallen Rattlers.
“The important thing is to recognize that the mighty and powerful individuals who have left us are just as important to us being here as anyone who walks amongst us, he added.
Rattlers also mourned the loss of two popular student leaders, Markel Mazelin and Quinton Langford in a separate vigil.
Mazelin, 24, was a public relations major and entrepreneur. He started his very own business called “Meet The Mark,” in which Mazelin used his creative talents in photography, graphic design and fashion. He was best known by his fellow FAMUans for his encouraging personality and incredible work ethic.
Langford, 20, was very well known amongst his peers in the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology for his optimism and supportive spirit. He warmly embraced FAMU and was elected President of the student chapter of the Associate General Contractors of America.
During the University’s Benevolence Committee Vigil, Narayan Persaud, former chair of FAMU’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice said although still in its initial stages, the memorial program is making great strides due to the persistence of committee co-chair, Deidre Powell, Ph.D. and Interim President Robinson’s support.
“When we first initiated this event, Dr. Robinson never wavered in his support for us and for those who came before him,” Persaud said.
In addition to a formal annual service recognizing the University’s Fallen Rattlers, the committee has proposed the creation of a memorial wall that will honor and pay tribute to deceased Rattlers.
“Our overall goal is to identify a place where we can permanently recognize these individuals,” Robinson said. A place where a person can come to this campus and say, ‘this is where we come to acknowledge the good work of people who have dedicated their lives in many instances, to this great institution,’ ” he added.
Amaya Mann contributed to this story.