On Friday , March 3rd, 2023, Florida A&M University’s Student Government Association and
the Bells -Burns administration hosted the “ State of the Black Student Address” in the Grand
Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlighted were many influential panelists and speakers, all
FAMU students and alumni. Many students attended this event including the gentlemen of the
Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the ladies of FAMU’s chapter of SISTUHS
and members of the royal court.
Sponsored by the Feed the Soul Foundation and Capital one in partnership with student body
President Zachary Bell and Vice President Makira Burns, this event began with a “Welcome”.
Following this, Dr. Shavonda Leakes shared a presentation on Health and Wellness. Dr. Leakes is
the Director of Pharmacy and Certified Specialty Pharmacist who provided insight on the topic.
The event consisted of a panel of successful entrepreneurs including FAMU’s own Morgan
Tucker. Tucker is the founder of Sweets on the Geaux, a traveling sweet treat business that
took Louisiana and Tallahassee by storm in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
During the panel, Tucker discussed challenges she faced as a business owner including trying to
understand how to quantify her time and price products correctly. While conducting business,
she has simultaneously maintained a high GPA in the School of Business and Industry as well as
served her community using various platforms. When asked what her favorite quote was, she
responded “Success is not final, failure is not fatal, but it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Tucker was just one of the entrepreneurs highlighted during this panel. The panel also consisted
of India Gay, a Marketing Intern for Wakati, Kyle Footman a real estate mogul, Armani Hubbart,
a serial entrepreneur, as well as professionals like Dr. Tiffany Packer and Dr. Brandon Moten
who both graduated from this illustrious university.
This informative event provided students with inspiration for futures in business and health
endeavors and allowed students to ask questions that may help them.