commUNITY Dialogue Series


The Center for Leadership & Social Change invites students to engage in dialogue with dynamic FSU faculty, staff, and community members. Topics for dialogue encompass identity, research, and current events. Each installment of the series runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. and provides lunch.

Upcoming commUNITY Dialogues

Re-framing the Mission of HBCUs: Authenticity vs. Duress
Bill Lowman, priest, writer and public speaker
Thursday, Sept. 21

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) were created at a time when African-Americans had no social standing (including political, economic, moral) and were unjustly considered to be barely human. HBCUs were never organized to promote the identity and destiny of black people as African people and the oldest living humans on the earth. If we re-envision the purpose and mission of HBCUs to one that resurrects African identity in the interest of perpetuating the enormous benefits of African culture to the world, we move beyond the false limitations of segregation and Jim Crow dehumanization.

Lowman is a writer, poet, priest, and public speaker. His primary interest is the re-Africanization of black people who have been stripped of their humanity as a result of the largest forced migration in human history. He has written numerous opinion pieces for the Tallahassee Democrat and served on their Citizens Editorial Board. He attended some of the very first Black Studies courses created back in the early 1970s. These were some of the first attempts by black academics to announce to the world their educational sovereignty. He has been a practitioner of the Lukumi Afro-Cuban spiritual tradition since 1975 and was initiated as a priest of Obatala in 1995.



Attending a dialogue

You will receive a confirmation email the Monday before the event. 

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