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SGA Presents the Third Annual State of the Black Student Summit

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Student Government Association along with the Florida State University Black Student Union will present the Third Annual State of the Black Student Summit on April 2 through April 3, in Gaither Gymnasium.  This year’s theme is “The Pursuit: How Obama and Hip-Hop Can Renew America’s Promise.”

The two-day event will feature workshops and panel discussions ranging in topics from Hip-Hop’s influence on politics to the business of Hip-Hop and its economic impact on entrepreneurship and pop culture. The event will also host two panel discussions with speakers ranging from Wall Street to the political world.

“The State of the Black Student Summit was first presented to the campus community by the Student Government Association in 2005 as a vehicle by which our students could access the wisdom and unique experiences of accomplished intellectuals, artists and innovators,” said Andrew Collins, FAMU’s student body president and university trustee.

Hip-Hop Grub Spot, the title sponsor for the event and the first hip-hop themed healthy food franchise, expressed their excitement about their involvement with The Summit.

Joshua Fahiym Ratcliffe, president of Hip-Hop Grub Spot and former editor-in-chief of Source Magazine said, “This is a great opportunity for everyone involved because it will show how hip-hop can be a tool of progress for its most important stakeholders, the students.”

Marcus Winder, Florida State University Black Student Union co-chair for the Summit, said, “This is the first time the two universities have come together for event of this magnitude. We are really excited about the event.”

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more information, contact Kianta Key at For corporate sponsorship information or guest information, contact Sean Mitchell at

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