Commemoration Events


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The Florida State University and Tallahassee community will commemorate the institution’s 50thanniversary of integration April 19-21 with several events, including a record-breaking 1,500-person human chain designed to represent the legacy of the pioneering individuals who paved the way for the rich culture, diversity and opportunity that exists at the university today.

The commemorative events will honor those who were integral to the integration efforts, including recognition of the first black students to enroll, wear an athletic uniform and be elected homecoming princess. The events include a talk by celebrated poet Maya Angelou.

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April 19th

"Hand in Hand Across Time"
5:30pm (check in begins 2 hours prior in Oglesby Union)
A 1,500-person human chain and a reception at the Integration Statue, located in the heart of campus on Woodward Plaza just south of Oglesby Union.  Click Here for more information and registration.

April 20th

Fred Flowers Commemoration at FSU v. UM baseball game
6:00pm, FSU Dick Howser Stadium

Graduation Reception
6:00pm, Oglesby Union Ballroom
A special graduation reception honoring multicultural students.

April 21st

An Evening with Maya Angelou
7:00pm, Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
Maya Angelou will speak as part of the finale to the weekend-long commemoration of Florida State’s integration. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and activist.

This event is free and open to the public Doors open at 6:00pm.
Admission is first come, first serve with 5,000 available seats.
FSU students with a valid student ID will be given priority admission – look for the signs indicating "FSU STUDENT LINE."