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- Dr. Jaffus Hardrick appointed 14th president of Florida Memorial University
- FMU celebrates 50 years of academic excellence in South Florida
- President Barack Obama visits grounds of Florida Memorial University.
- Dr. Roslyn Artis becomes first woman appointed president of FMU.
- FMU student Barrington Irving becomes the youngest person and first Black to fly solo around the world.
- New name announced during Founders’ Day Convocation on March 18.
- In December, the institution’s charter is amended and the name Florida Memorial University is adopted.
- On November 11, the new campus opens as Florida Memorial College.
- Trustees purchase a 48-acre former air strip near Opa-locka in Dade County. Dr. Royal W. Puryear oversees relocation of the school to South Florida.
1950’s – 1960’s
- FMU alum Rev. Howard Thurman is recognized in 1952 by Life Magazine as one of the twelve most influential religious leaders in the country
1950’s – 1960’s
- Students participate in the Civil Rights Movement.
- University adopts educational model from Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute.
- Students are trained for careers in education, industry, the domestic arts, agriculture, mechanics and religion.
- The Baptist General State Convention votes to merge its two schools.
- The Florida Institute at Live Oak is closed and combined with Florida Baptist Academy to form what became Florida Normal Industrial and Memorial College in St. Augustine.
- Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, serves as an instructor for the school during this time.
- The School begins its third incarnation at its new home in St. Augustine on September 24.
- Florida Baptist Academy and Florida Institute continue to operate independently of each other
- The demands of growth and expansion
- Nathan White Collier appointed president of Florida Baptist Academy, a post he held for 45 years
- Collier hires John Rosamond Johnson to teach music at the Academy
- Rosamond Johnson composes music for older brother James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” now known as the Negro National Anthem.
- Shots fired into main school building at the height of racial tensions
- School splinters when President Rev. Matthew Gilbert and J.T. Brown flee to Jacksonville and begin Florida Baptist Academy in basement of Bethel Baptist Church
- Classes at Florida Baptist Academy start with Sarah Ann Blocker as the main instructor
- Founded as Florida Baptist Institute in Live Oak by members of Bethlehem Baptist Association to educate ministers and children.
- Reverend J.L.A. Fish becomes school’s first president.