Top Black Leaders Speak at FAMU

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Some of the nations top African-American leaders took stage at Gaither Gymnasium discussing the circumstances influencing black students in America.

"It brings to the attention all of the issues that are important to very young people, to African-Americans in this community and really just the community at large," said Andrew Gilliam of the Tallahassee City Commission and panelist at the event.

Some of the panelists included BET personality Jeff Johnson and The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice A. King. Students and faculty listened to panelists urging them to take a more active role in their community.

"I just wanted to see what issues were affecting our college students and what we can do to improve upon our situations," said Tyrone Edmond, a 3rd year student at FAMU.

The panelists delivered a message of leadership and highlighted the characteristics of leadership. Panelists told the crowd you don't need a famous name or a title to play a major role in the community.

"We need to develop some leaders in this country. We just can't be us reacting to stuff. Our thing is now, well what's your plan? If you see HIV, AIDS, if you see the crisis of young black males not going to college in the numbers we should be going to, what's the plan to address that," said Kevin Powell, an author and panelist.

FAMU begin hosting the summit following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.