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“My friends in my LLC were the reason why I could finish the first semester,” Dawson said. “I had to go to the hospital multiple nights in a row. But, showing just why we are called the ‘College of Love and Charity,’ they worked with me to make sure I could keep up with my course load, ensuring that I would still be successful. I think that’s what FAMU is all about and why FAMU is so important.” Dawson explained that FAMU’s Living-Learning Communities add something special to the college experience. “I love it,” he said. “We go to class together and have study sessions together. I’ve never been in a place where I’ve been so comfortable to be myself.”

According to his father, Greg Dawson, Dawson’s enrollment at FAMU is more than a story of a top scholar finding the right college choice. It highlights the important role of AfricanAmerican educators and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “His mom is an educator and my mom is an educator. So every day, education has been a recurring theme in his life,” Greg Dawson said. “He’s going to be the fifth-generation college-educated person in the family, and he understands the value of attending an HBCU. Not just the rigor, but the social and historical value also.” Mom, Opal Dawson, agreed. “We had many choices and

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many schools recruited him, but it was when we came to visit FAMU that we realized that this was the other piece of the puzzle that would meet his needs,” she said. As he prepares to enter his sophomore year, Emmanuel Blake Dawson has one message he wants to give to the upcoming class of scholars making their school choice: “FAMU and its business school are just as stellar as the Harvards, the Whartons, the Yales and the Princetons of the world.” He added: “No one will love you like an HBCU will love you. Although you’re in college with a lot of other students, you’re not just a number at FAMU.

They really care for you here. Anything you want to do, you can do it here at FAMU. Anything is possible on the ‘Hill.’”

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