Lawson puts spotlight on FAMU grads serving as mayor during Black Caucus event
September 14, 2018
In The News
Four U.S. mayors – all graduates of Florida A&M University – shared the stage Friday at a workshop during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson hosted “FAMU Made: From Mayor to Mainstreet,” which examined the role that FAMU played in preparing the mayors for leadership.
The panel featured Mayor Booker Gainor IV, Cairo, Ga.; Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Miami Gardens; Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham, East Point, Ga.; and Mayor Melvin Carter, III, St. Paul, Minn.
Keneshia Grant, assistant professor of political science at Howard University and FAMU alumna, was moderator.
“These men and women are strengthening our communities, building our economy and developing pathways for a brighter tomorrow,” Lawson said in a release. “FAMU has distinguished itself from other institutions with its premier academic programs and set the foundation for individuals, like these mayors, to make their marks on the world.”
Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mayor Marcus Knight of Lancaster, Texas, also are graduates of FAMU, but were unable to attend.
Lawson, who is finishing his first term in Congress, received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1970 from FAMU.