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THURSDAY, October 21, 2021
7:00pm – 9:00pm Libations: “Building a Different World”

  • Hosted by Octavia Yearwood
JC Sams Student Building

  • Commuter Lounge
FRIDAY, October 22, 2021
10:00am Training Grounds: College Campuses as a LaunchPad for Leadership

Moderator: Kevin Cooper (he/him), SGA President

Being a student at an HBCU prepares you for a lifetime of leadership… and winning. FMU Alumnae and other South Florida leaders share their experiences of triumph. challenge, leadership with HBCU swag.

Rep. Christopher Benjamin (he/him), Florida House District 107

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (she/her), Miami-Dade County Mayor

Francesca Menes (she/her), Chair, Black Collective

Rep. Felicia Robinson (she/her), Florida House District 102

Gordon Weekes, Esq (he/him), Broward County Public Defender

Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts

1:00pm A Different World: Let’s have a Kiki

Moderator: Jasmen Rogers (she/her) and Zion Gates-Norris (he/him)

What does safety look like for LGBTQ+ folks? How can we cultivate joy in chaos? Join this session to hear from LGBTQ+ leaders and allies about the fight for safety in representation and joy. Leave with tools to move beyond allyship into action.

Za’Nyah Watts (she/her), FMU Lovely Colors

Conscious Lee (he/him), TikTok Host, Professor, Edutainer

Nik Harris (she/they), Director of Strategic Outreach and Engagement, Human Rights Campaign

Sen. Shevrin Jones (he/him), Florida Senate District 35

Leslie Hall (he/him), Director, HBCU Programs, Human Rights Campaign

Brayland Browne (he/him), Co-Founder, The Smile Trust

Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts

3:00pm COMMUNITY FAIR Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts

  • Breezeway

6:00pm “For Us, By Us”

MODERATOR: Santra Denis (she/her), Founder, Avanse Ansanm

This past year was rough. A pandemic, police violence, war, and so much more. We need revolution in our lifetime… but what does it take for us to work together towards freedom for all of us.

Rudy Jean-Bart (he/him), Professor, Broward College

Phil Agnew (he/him), Co-Founder, Black Men Build

Angela Peoples (she/her), Founder, Black Womxn For

Katia St. Fleur (she/her), Commissioner, Village of Miami Shores

Janiyah Davis (she/her), Student, Florida Memorial University

Smith Conference Center

7:30pm “This is How We Do It” Step Competition

With $2,000 cash on the line, who will take home the prize? Bring your best step and compete for the “This is How We Do It” trophy.

Smith Conference Center
SATURDAY, October 23, 2021
10:00am PANEL: “The South Has Something to Say”

Charlissia Ferguson (she/her), SGA Vice President in conversation with Nse Ufot (she/her), Executive Director, New Georgia Project and Desmond Meade (he/him), Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Nse Ufot co-led a movement to flip Georgia, changing the face of politics in the South and across the country. Desmond Meade has mobilized tens of thousands of formerly incarcerated Floridians in a fight for restoration and justice. In conversation with Charlissia Ferguson and Desmond Meade, learn what’s at stake, what it takes to win, and why we deserve our biggest visions.

Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts

1:00pm “U.N.I.T.Y.: Dismantling Anti-Blackness in Latinx Communities”


Charo Valero (she/her), National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Ana Sofia Pelaez (she/her), Co-Founder, Miami Freedom Project

Leilani Bruce (she/her), Founder, Candela Book Club

Quincie Doucet (they/them), SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective

This panel will address historic and contemporary Black and Latinx relations under the rubric of “emancipatory internationalism.” We will explore, among other issues, Anti-Blackness in the Latinx community, the experience of Latinx students on HBCU campuses, contemporary Black-Cuban American relations in the Miami context, and the ways these communities can work to dismantle Anti-Blackness and “Re-Imagine the Future.” Featuring virtual greetings from: Paul Ortiz (he/him), Author, An African-American and Latinx History of the United States.

Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts