Dear FSU Black Alumni Legends,
To the black alumni at Florida State University who paved the say, words cannot express our gratitude. You opened so many doors for generations of students, and we are grateful. We recognize all of you as champions for learning, and we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do.
We thank you.
We honor you as academic ambassadors who have influenced growth and success for black students both on campus and in the world. Because of leaders like you, we have countless opportunities for learning. Importantly, we have a special place - the Black Student Union - a space dedicated to all who wish to access it and for all who deserve it.
We know that Florida State University would not be the exemplar of excellence in higher education that it is without your dedication, courage, and resilience as FSU's first black students.
Along with current students, generations of FSU Black Alumni honor all that you have gifted to FSU, and we celebrate your commitment and what it has meant to all of us over the years.
Yours in Strength, Skill, and Character,
FSU Black Alumni
The pioneering African American students who were admitted to Florida State in the 1960's were among the best and the brightest. They understood the hurdles before them, but heroically stepped up to the challenge in hopes of forging social change. Their talents, hard work and unwavering determination helped them achieve the ideal of total integration-academic, athletic and social assimilation into the university community.
Because of their courageous efforts, thousands of students of all races and ethnicities have made Florida State the great institution it is today.