Welcome to FAMU Forward, where we share the many exciting accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important that we reflect on the purpose of this month. There are many who came before us who helped pave the way for African Americans to have a better life for themselves and their families. But thanks to the efforts of outstanding individuals such as Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, and many others, the accomplishments of African Americans are better known.
In essence, Black History Month is a time when we pause to remember the ideals and lives of the great men and women who sacrificed so much and shared their individual talents, so that you and I would be able to have the rights and privileges that we are blessed with today.
In this issue of FAMU Forward, we give you a glimpse of the exciting and energetic Black History Month Convocation through the eyes of a student reporter. You will also find an article about an honor bestowed upon the president of our Student Government Association, Justin Bruno.
This issue also includes highlights of student recruiting events. It was a joy greeting alumni last weekend in Los Angeles as well as high school students lining up to learn about FAMU during an HBCU college fair. On tomorrow, I travel to Gainesville for a meeting with scholars hosted by Trustee Robert Woody.
Although there is much to celebrate at FAMU, it is important that we remain focused on ensuring the University continues making progress toward reaching the highest levels of excellence possible. In order to accomplish this, we must always be mindful of our individual roles toward achieving the success we desire. Thanks to your ongoing support and efforts, FAMU continues to serve as a leader in terms of addressing issues that make a difference in our communities, state and our nation.
As I conclude, please make plans to join us on campus for one of many Black History Month activities. We look forward to presenting, in collaboration with the City of Tallahassee, the Second Annual Harambee Festival. The festival, which takes place Feb. 25 at Cascades Park, is a celebration that includes musical performances, cultural art seminars and other presentations.
I look forward to seeing you there as we keep striking together for the benefit of FAMU and vital development of the outstanding students we serve.