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FAMU Students Stage Sleep-In and Morning March to Support Mangum

Dr. Elmira Mangum
Posted at 9:02 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 18:37:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Several FAMU students have announced that they are staging a sleep-in Wednesday night and a march Thursday morning to support President Elmira Mangum.

FAMU's Student Government Association Senate President Brandon Johnson said that students are tired of being ignored by the university's Board of Trustees. He said student are also sick of the way the board has created a rift in leadership.

"The campus is frustrated. For two years it's been up and down and they've questioned Mangum's decisions so much, she's become limited," said Johnson.

He said that with over 10,000 students as stakeholders in the well-being of the university, the board should have done a better job of transitioning Mangum into the campus' culture and should have focused more on creating solidarity.

"4 presidents in 15 years is not stability for any university," said Johnson, "We're all tired of not getting our voices heard... We have to stand up for our institution. They need to realize that nobody is more impacted than the students." 

The sleep-in is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Wednesday at FAMU's Grand Ballroom. Students are also set to march with Mangum at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday from Lee Hall to the Grand Ballroom where the BOT meeting will be held at 9 a.m. 

Johnson said that overall all students are asking for is change. 

"[The] Overall goal is to move the university forward. We have to keep moving forward," said Johnson.