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SJGC Alum and State Senator Bobby Powell Jr. chosen as keynote speaker for 2021 MLK Virtual Convocation

By Sterling Bright
January 13, 2021

Florida State Senator Bobby Powell, Jr.The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation will be a little different this year as the ceremony moves virtual due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Florida A&M University Alum and Florida State Senator Bobby Powell, Jr. will be this year’s keynote speaker. Powell is a School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) graduate. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2003 and later earned his master’s in urban and regional planning at Florida State.

FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. said the MLK convocation will help remind individuals that the struggle is not over. He even feels that through the words of Senator Powell it will give inspiration to and deliver a message that the community needs and wants.

“This is an occasion for us to remember the struggle for civil rights and the sacrifices made by Dr. King and others, and commit ourselves to a new future,” Robinson said.

Powell is a native of Palm Beach and through his work and dedication you can see the love and respect he has for his community.

“As a distinguished alumnus of FAMU and a state senator who visits Tallahassee often, it is always a joy to return to my roots on the highest of seven hills. Today, this joy is doubled by the honor you have bestowed upon me,” said Powell.

Powell served in the House of Representatives from 2012 to 2016, where he was elected to represent the Senate District 30. He currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, Commerce and Tourism, Community Affairs, Criminal Justice and Rules committees.

The Convocation will be broadcast over FAMU TV20 and will be streamed on FAMU’s Facebook and YouTube channels at 10:10 a.m. Friday, January 15.