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During HBCU Week, Local Speaker Talks Importance Of Black Colleges, Universities

Sascha Cordner

It’s National HBCU week, celebrating the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In Florida, that’s Tallahassee’s Florida A&M University, which holds a special place in Bill Lowman’s heart. His wife is a FAMU psychology professor, and Lowman’s daughter is a graduate, who received a full scholarship.

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About 30 people, who came to hear Bill Lowman's speech, form a circle to have a community dialogue, following his talk. Lowman listens in the center.

“So, all of the wonderful, intelligent, powerful people who come through that institution—some of them, I get to call them my friend, almost family,” said Lowman. “And, it is a great center of enrichment for this community.”

Lowman made those comments Thursday during Florida State University’s community dialogue series. He spoke on the importance and future of HBCUs around the nation. Including FAMU, there are more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.