MIAMI GARDENS, FL (March 11, 2014) – Florida Memorial University, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE) have agreed to work collaboratively as part of HUD’s National Fair Housing Collegiate Partnership Campaign.

To officially kick-off this groundbreaking partnership, Florida Memorial University will host a Proclamation Signing Ceremony on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center, located on the FMU campus – 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida.

“The HUD Acting Assistant Secretary will sign a proclamation to officially launch our new exciting partnership,” said Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University. “We invite the community to come out and support us in this unprecedented endeavor.”

The goals of the National Fair Housing Collegiate Partnership Campaign are to educate students about their rights and responsibilities under the Federal Fair Housing Act, highlight the benefits of public service, and provide information to help students combat housing discrimination.

Highlights of the Proclamation Signing Ceremony include remarks by FMU President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary Bryan Greene, and Keenya Robertson, President & CEO of Housing Opportunities for Excellence, Inc. (HOPE). There will also be a screening of the educational film, “The Color of Money”.

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 41 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of Barrington Irving, Jr., the first and youngest pilot of African descent to fly solo around the world. Florida Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information, visit

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