The Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association is spearheading a national day of prayer on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from the Betty Ferguson Center in Miami Gardens. This is a community event but all FAMU alumni and supporters are asked to gather at 2 p.m. to reflect, remember, reunite and commit to assure the continuance of the legacy of excellence of the University.
The black community and the higher education community have been aware of Florida A&M University and its history of accomplishments through the years. It seems the hazing death of Robert Champion made FAMU a household word, and not in a good way, across all demographic groups in all communities throughout the United States.
After the Champion death, other FAMU hazing incidents and the FAMU administration’s actions taken regarding hazing captured national news attention for several weeks. Local FAMU alumni decided to host a call for prayer for their alma mater. This activity is designed to unite FAMU alums, to re-focus on the University’s rich history, and as a call to action for alumni to commit to assure the University maintains its autonomy.
Hopefully this activity does not become an opportunity to attempt to defend the indefensible. While it is disingenuous to frame hazing as a problem unique to HBCUs, this spotlight, as negative as it is, is an opportunity for an honest conversation and development of corrective action regarding the dangerous activities our college and high school students are involved in.
If you go:
FAMU Alumni National Day of Prayer
Saturday・January 28, 2012・2:00 PM
Betty Ferguson Recreation Complex
3000 NW 199th Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056