The Tom Joyner Foundation is recognizing Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fl. as the January 2014 School of the Month.
The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality, chose Florida A&M as part of its on-going effort to assist these institutions in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending HBCUs.
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a coeducational, 1890 land-grant, comprehensive/doctoral University. The university’s major programs are accredited by appropriate state, regional and national accrediting agencies.
The university was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students and began its first classes on October 3, 1887.
FAMU has received many accolades such as being named on the US News and World Report list of Top 10 Best Historically Black Colleges or Universities in the nation and one of the Best National Universities for 2014, named on the Forbes list of top colleges in the U.S. for 2013, and was named one of the “Best Colleges in the Southeast” in The Princeton Review 2012 edition.
Notable FAMU alumni include: Althea Gibson, the first African American to win Wimbledon women’s single crown; Pam Oliver,reporter, FOX Sports; Rob Hardy and Will Packer,filmmakers, Stomp the Yard, This Christmas and Obsessed; Anika Noni Rose, actress, Dreamgirls and 2004 Tony Award Winner for Best Featured Actress in a musical.
Today, the university remains the only historically black university in the eleven member State University System of Florida.
The Foundation’s ‘Schools of the Month’ for the rest of the year are as follows: February – Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC; March – Claflin University, Orangeburg,SC; April – Langston University Langston, OK; May – Central State University, Wilberforce, OH; June- Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; July- Huston-Tillotson, Austin, TX; August – Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta,GA; September- Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; October- Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL; November – Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.
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