TALLAHASSEE — Rain or shine, FAMU’s 11th President, Dr. Elmira Mangum, kicks off her Inauguration celebration week with the Healthy Families 5K Walk/Run/Roll/Stroll. The community outreach event was designed to support Stork’s Nest and to encourage the community to go out and vote this election season.
Ann Kimbrough, Dean of FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication and co-chair for Mangum’s inauguration week, said both causes are close to the new president’s heart.
“Dr. Mangum’s first public community service event is to support Stork’s Nest,” said Kimbrough. “We’re encouraging people to bring clothing for moms who are pregnant and other items for babies.”
Kimbrough added, “Dr. Mangum would also like to encourage voter registration so we all have a chance to exercise our civic rights.”
The 5K Walk/Run/Roll/Stroll event began at FAMU’s Bragg Memorial Stadium and ended at the all new Leon County amphitheater, Cascades Park. Participants enjoyed a free smooth jazz concert concluding the event.
“I think the 5K run and concert was a wonderful way to start off an inauguration week. Said Linda Strachan, “It was a sight to see the community come together for such a great cause.”
More than 300 community participants came out to show their support for the new university president.
“I see a collaborate community that has hope and has an interest in FAMU and is willing to support it,” Mangum said. I am thankful for everyone who played a part in making this event a success.”
The fierce leader was officially sworn into office last Fri., Oct. 3.