Black legislators vow to maintain FAMU funding
Members of the Legislature's black caucus, many of the Florida A&M University graduates, on Wednesday rejected the notion that recent financial management problems at the state's only historically black public university could lead to its demise.
Some legislators are raising the specter that the state could cut FAMU's funding, but Tallahassee Rep. Curtis Richardson said during a lunchtime press conference that "Any talk, any talk, of the demise of Florida A&M University is to cease and desist at this moment. FAMU will be here 125 years from now because of its unique mission."
The black caucus has named five of its members, including Richardson, to serve as watchdogs over a state task force being created by the Board of Governors to fix FAMU's multimillion-dollar financial woes, which were unveiled in a recently released draft operational audit.
Wednesday was FAMU Day at the Capitol. The award-winning FAMU band played, and lunch was served outside the Senate office building.
"FAMU yesterday!" caucus members and other FAMU supporters shouted. "FAMU today! FAMU forever!"