Monday, December 26, 2016

Book celebrates history of FAMU NAA

By Deja Allen
Florida A&M University

Alumni and friends gathered to witness history at a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) “Book Unveiling” on Oct. 20 during Homecoming week.

The event, which took place in the Meek-Eaton Black Archives unveiled the book entitled, “A Chronicle of Its Time: 1901-2015,” which celebrates the NAA’s rich history spanning 115 years.  Founder, Elias Evans set a strong foundation of continuous support in 1901, and passed the torch to several other notable presidents including Leonard Johnson, Rev. Moses Miles, and Bernard Kinsey, who all fought for the survival of the university.

The immediate past president of the NAA, Tommy Mitchell, believed the organization’s nationally recognized history deserved to be documented.  With this in mind, last year he appointed Leila Walker to lead the project as editor due to her experience as the longest serving elected officer. During her tenure in the association, she has occupied several positions such as treasurer, secretary, and third vice president.

Currently serving as the president of Tallahassee’s Capital City Chapter, Walker stood proudly among the intrigued audience as she spoke about her experience during the production of the book including the hardships she endured while compiling all of the information.

“Sometimes we may not see the value or importance of preserving our history in the moment,” Walker said. “But, the NAA is proud to present this historical book as a labor of love from us to our beloved University in hopes of upholding the great legacy of Florida A&M,” she added.

Interim President Larry Robinson applauded the organization as well as the university for understanding the importance of supporting their story.

“Alumni play an important role in FAMU’s advancement,” Robinson said.

Filmmaker and alumnus Will Packer also spoke passionately about the importance of sharing the university’s history.

“This organization is the backbone of this amazing institution and it is important that we continue to tell and control our story because there is power in our story,” Packer said.

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