FAMU Hosts 2013 StateOf The Student Summit

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UPDATE 11:43

Big name speakers take to the stage for the FAMU State of the Student Summit.

The event, held at the Al Lawson Center, garnered hundreds in attendance. This year's title: "Race, Religion and the Reality of Tomorrow"

"The issues that continue to surface clearly show that America is still divided on the issue of race," said one of the student speakers.

Students like student body vice president Evan Bailey and members of the community heard from speakers including Attorney Ben Crump, Roland Martin and former Fl. Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll.

"At the end of this, if we don't take what we've learned from this conversation in this dialogue and actually do something with it, then we'll be having the same conversation 50 years from now," said Bailey.

At one point, the room gave a standing ovation to the parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead in his high school gymnasium.

Ben Crump says a lot of the discussion had themes that echo with the Johnson and Trayvon Martin cases.

"Young people are saying we want to make sure that everybody in America is treated the same and treated with value and when there's a loss of anybody's life, it matters to all of us," Crump said.

Florida A&M University Press Release

Florida A&M University’s Student Government Association and the Office of the President present the 2013 State of the Student Summit moderated by news analyst Roland Martin on Saturday, Sept. 28th from 2 – 6 p.m. in the Lawson Center, 1800 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee, Fla. 32307. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The theme of the free community event is “Race, Religion and The Reality of Tomorrow.” A panel of experts will engage in an honest conversation on the three subjects referencing today’s current events as a foundation of where the nation stands and where the nation still needs to go.

Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily.

He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

Martin is chief political editor for TV One Cable Network and host and managing editor of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin.”

The community may register to attend this free event online atwww.stateofthestudentsummit.eventbrite.com .

This event is one of the activities sponsored under a new initiative by Interim FAMU President Larry Robinson and SGA President Anthony Siders using the theme, “Great Things are Happening Every Day at FAMU: This is the Rebirth.”

For more information, call the FAMU Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413.

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