Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lexus awards “Versus and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students

Lexus has awarded “Verses and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students, Tatyana Smith and Zemoria Johnson. The recipients will receive $5,000 each in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence.

The scholarships are part of a partnership between Lexus and ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). A total of 19 students will receive them.

“In alignment with the Lexus Pursuit of Potential initiative to support our youth, we are proud of the work these scholarship recipients are doing in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president, marketing. “These HBCU student leaders have the tools to succeed and we expect they'll do great things for society in the future.”

The “Verses and Flow” Scholarships are named after the “Versus and Flow” program on TV One, which features poetry, spoken word and music.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student runs her first half marathon

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student Shannon Anderson is part of a running group in Tallahassee that encourages women, in particular black women, to get-up-and-get-running, called Black Girls Run.

"We train together several times a week and sign-up for different runs near-by or around the state," said Shannon. "The Divas Half Marathon (13 miles) in St. Augustine, FL over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was the first time I ran a half marathon."

The Divas Half Marathon series celebrates women and was a fun first long race for Shannon. She came in 59th in her age group, finishing at 2:31:53.

"Everyone who crossed the finish line got one of those big medals," remarked Shannon. "My next half (marathon) will probably be the Tallahassee Half in February. The goal by this time next year is to finish a full marathon. I will need a COE tee shirt for that!"

Shannon is planning on getting some of the other girls at the College of Engineering to come running with her and the group as well.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitzi Miller tells students to focus on big picture in life

FAMU alumna Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine, delivered the keynote address for the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at East Carolina University. She urged the students in attendance to set big goals and prepare to do the work necessary to accomplish them.

From The East Carolinian:

Mitzi Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, visited East Carolina University to speak for the MLK annual celebration on Tuesday.

She addressed people of the community, students, and staff members about her journey to making her dreams come true. The theme of the event was based on Martin Luther King Jr. having a dream and visualizing it and Miller spoke on making the visualized dream come true.

“One of the most important things is doing what you have to do to get where you need to be,” said Miller at the event. “The bigger picture is the long term goal.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FAMU Law joins “Spreading the Dream” initiative to celebrate King legacy

Danielle Lynn, a second-year FAMU College of Law student, said, "it was the first step at opportunity, and the key to changing the world." 

Benjamin Schumann, also a second-year FAMU law student, said, "it paints a world of black and white to works of color, culture and opportunity."

Katia Wilson, a third-year law student who serves as Student Bar Association (SBA) President, said education is important to her because, "it took me to Africa at 19 years old, and to China at 22 - free of charge."

The law students joined event organizers and special guest jurists in expressing "Why Education is Important to Me" before a near capacity crowd at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA).  The declarations were the opening lines to their roles in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement through the "Spreading the Dream" program.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mangum, Rattler alumni march in Jacksonville’s MLK Day Parade

FAMU President Elmira Mangum joined the university’s J.R.E. Lee Alumni Chapter in Jacksonville on Monday for the city’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.

An estimated 35,000 people turned out to either watch the festivities or participate as marchers.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, a FAMU alumna, served as the grand marshal. She said the event presented an opportunity to remember King’s fight for voting rights.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Agnew tells FAMU campus that “there’s much more work to do”

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew delivered the keynote address for the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Agnew, a FAMU alumnus, urged the audience to support the fight against the injustice that has continued long after the time of King.

Here is an excerpt from the speech:

This moment is important for me for a number of reasons. But it’s most important because I have the opportunity to tell you that I’ve been to the other side. I’ve seen the darkest of depression. I’ve accepted the American Dream and seen it fall from my fingers. I’ve done everything that everybody told me to do but still found myself in a hole…

Monday, January 19, 2015