Friday, April 4, 2008

FAMU is First Stop on CNN’s Black in America HBCU Tour

Florida A&M University is the first stop on CNN’s first ever “Black in America Historically Black College or University (HBCU) Tour.” The tour comes to FAMU’s campus on April 8, 2008, at 11 a.m. and will be located on the lawn between the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) and the School of Business and Industry (SBI).

As part of the tour, there will be a DJ; a graffiti wall, where students can write what being Black in America means; the Picture U Station, where students can pose for photos and print-outs that will resemble the cover of an Essence Magazine; and a CNN text message poll, where the DJ will ask questions and have students respond via text messages. The answers to the questions will be displayed on a plasma screen or LED scrolling sign.

As part of the tour CNN Black America, in association with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), is hosting a Campus iReporter Contest among students at each college or university. One iReporter from each campus will win a digital video camera and have the chance to win a trip for two to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

For more information on submission criteria and deadlines, visit

The tour serves as a means to introduce the upcoming CNN documentary, “Black In America.” The documentary will explore the provocative, surprising and often under-reported stories of the African-American experience, an experience, in which Soledad O'Brien will report.

The first installment of the series will feature O'Brien investigating how James Earl Ray, an armed robber and escaped convict, had already spent an uncommon year on the run just a month before his path collided with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn. It will air Thursday, April 3, at 9 p.m.

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