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Miss FAMU leads suit drive to help students dress professionally

Makola Abdullah, a FAMU dean, left, brings a suit to Miss FAMU Kindall Johnson for her program. Nigel Godfrey, membership coordinator for the FAMU Recreation Center, helps with the suits.

Photo courtesy of Florida A&M University

Makola Abdullah, a FAMU dean, left, brings a suit to Miss FAMU Kindall Johnson for her program. Nigel Godfrey, membership coordinator for the FAMU Recreation Center, helps with the suits.

Miss Florida A&M University Kindall Johnson believes more college students would dress professionally if they could afford to. So the Tampa native and Hillsborough High graduate is asking FAMU alumni and professionals to donate new or gently used business suits, as well as shirts, ties, blazers, slacks, hard-bottom shoes and other professional wear for young men.

Her initiative, "Miss FAMU Has Suits For You: Suits for Our Sons," will give Rattlers the opportunity to take care of their fellow Rattlers.

"I am targeting freshman men," said Johnson. "However, any man on campus who has an interview, wants to improve his image or just needs a nice suit for church is welcome."

Although women are not the focus of the program, Johnson said she also will receive and distribute items for them.

"I saw that there was a need to increase the professionalism of young men on campus," said Johnson, 21, a senior journalism student. "Right now, my vision is to help our young men. I believe that their professionalism will set a standard that will cause young ladies to rise to the occasion."

The items will be distributed on Jan. 5, the first day of the spring semester.

Times staff writer

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To donate

To donate to the Suits for Our Sons project, send items to:

Allison McNealy

Royal Court Adviser

Florida A&M University

Division of Student Affairs

1700 Lee Hall Drive

308 FHAC

Tallahassee, FL 32307

Miss FAMU leads suit drive to help students dress professionally 12/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 9, 2010 3:31am]

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