Youth and Accountability in Tallahassee

by Reamonn Soto, Florida A & M University

Students at Florida A & M University are continuing to push for more accountability from both the University and state community. On January 8, 2012, students marched from the campus of Florida A & M University to the Capitol of Florida, to join in solidarity with Occupy Tallahassee, Veterans, Community Leaders, and students alike, in an effort to demand more accountability and responsibility from their state and local leaders. This movement has attracted much media attention, and has included CNN producers gathering footage for their 1-hour long documentary on student involvement. This is a great opportunity for students across the Country to learn what the Millennial Generation is cooking up, especially here at Florida A & M University.

There is still much work needed to continue to keep the momentum going. Students are pushing for a Committee on Shareholder Advocacy that will allow the University to play a more active role in voicing their concerns in Corporate America. On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, we organized a panel discussion that included State Representative Bullard, and Reverend Yearwood from the Hip Hop Caucus, based out of Washington D.C. We were joined with students who were eager to learn more of how we can participate not only politically and civically in defining the future of our country, but in playing in active role in entrepreneurship and having representation in Corporate America.

There are more developments gearing up here in Florida. Next week from February 8 through February 12, 2012, the Florida Legislature will be hosting the Florida Legislative Black Caucus annual week of Black Caucus Events, where included in these events is a day specifically catered to black businesses. While Florida A & M University is historically a Black College and University, we will have successful entrance into insight from prominent black business professionals.

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