*TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., will launch her Presidential Lecture Series on Monday, Feb. 23 with a master class for theatre students and other related majors. The master class will feature actor, educator, activist, and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. in the Charles Winter Wood Theatre in Tucker Hall, located at 515 Orr Drive Tallahassee, FL 32307. FAMU Student ID must be presented for admission.
Rucker is the star of the new film “The Man in 3B,” and his previous credits include “Why Did I Get Married?,” “Why Did I Get Married, Too?,” “The Undershepherd,” “Meet the Browns,” “The Temptations,” “Half & Half,” “As The World Turns,” and “All My Children.”
Rucker is a passionate activist and spokesperson for several non-profit organizations and community action initiatives, including Tied To Greatness, Art Creates Life, Green For All, Good Ground-Good Life, A.H.E.A.D., Inc., Inner City Industry, BET’s Rap-It-Up, the Black AIDS Institute, and the Magic Johnson Foundation.
“Mr. Rucker is an excellent example of what we strive to demonstrate to our students every day,” President Mangum said. “We want our students to graduate with an understanding of how excelling in their respective crafts can and will allow them to use their talents as a platform to positively impact others. The Presidential Lecture Series serves to encourage participants to be engaged in critical thinking, problem-solving, and in honing their skill sets in order to meet the needs of our society.”
Rucker, who has served in several educational capacities in the areas of arts and theatre, health and wellness, as well as entrepreneurship and financial empowerment, will provide students with nuggets of wisdom and tools for success both on stage and in service to the community.
The Presidential Lecture Series will bring to FAMU’s campus global leaders from various sectors to inspire, enlighten, and educate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community at-large.
For more information about the Presidential Lecture Series, contact the Office of Communications & External Relations at (850) 599-3413.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is one of the largest single-campus historically black colleges or universities in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus with a commitment to economic empowerment and community service.
The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture, and mathematics (STREAM).
FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students of diverse backgrounds.
FAMU is ranked by the Social Mobility Index as third among all colleges and universities in the nation for fostering social and economic opportunity and is also one of the top institutions for providing a high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).
U.S. News & World Report lists FAMU as the nation’s top public historically black college or university (HBCU) for 2015. The University was also recognized among the 2014 U.S. News & World Report “Best National Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges.
For more information about FAMU, visit http://www.famu.edu.