Dear FAMU Family and Friends,
February is the month that America celebrates Black history. Florida A&M University continues to be a major contributor to this nation’s history every day of year. This month we pause to honor those whose achievements are most prominent. We have a long lists of Rattlers who are “firsts” – firsts in extraordinary achievement and firsts in unselfish service to others.
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It was befitting that the “The Real” talk show chose FAMU on February 20th as one of three campuses for its Black History Month tour. I had the privilege of being interviewed during the show’s live broadcast on campus. Hundreds of students, staff and faculty sat in the audience for an enjoyable and enlightening experience. During my interview, I reminded viewers that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are the guardians of African-American culture, and for more than a century, have contributed to building the black middle class and so much more.
Our footprint and voices matter. In this Black History Month edition of FAMU Forward, please join me in celebrating more good news about Rattlers making a difference. I hope that you find it exciting to read about this collection of Rattler “firsts” and take pride and comfort in knowing that “Great Things Happen at FAMU Every Day.” Specifically, in this edition you will read about:
- FAMU’s Unique Role in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Initiative
- CBS Promoting Kimberly Godwin to Executive Vice President of News
- United Talent Agency Hiring Darnell Strom to Lead Its Culture and Leadership Division and
- Jeffery Redding, Ph.D., Winning the Grammy Educator’s Award
Additionally, we had successful visits to Jacksonville, FL and Los Angeles, CA, recruiting the next generation of “firsts” to come to FAMU.
In closing, let us continue to work together to keep “FAMU Rising!” With your dedication and support, FAMU will remain an instrument of change for the betterment of our global society.
Larry Robinson, Ph.D.