Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (A&M) is a historically black university in Tallahassee, Florida. Remains the only historically black college in Florida. The school was originally founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students. On October 3, 1887 was the first day of classes for the new school
Florida A&M became known as an institution of higher education in 1905. Four years later in 1909 the School’s name changed again to Florida Agriculture and Mechanical College for Negros (FAMC). In 1953 the Florida legislature promoted the college to university status, becoming Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University.
On November 19, 2011 26 year-old drum major Robert Champion died in Orlando due to hazing incident from fellow band members. The band was placed on suspension on Tuesday November 22, 2011, due to the death. The medical examiner ruled the death from hazing and he died of hemorrhage shock due to soft tissue hemorrhage, from blunt forced trauma. On November 19, 2011 the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began a criminal investigation. This incident resulted in the band director, Julian White and President Ammons to be fired, and the band to be suspended indefinitely.
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