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Historic Gift to Have Lasting Impact on FSU Black Law Students

TALLAHASSEE, FL – On Thursday, October 27th, Salesia V. Smith-Gordon has made history yet again at the Florida State University College of Law. Her recent pledge of $200,000 to endow the Salesia V. Smith-Gordon Endowment Fund makes her the first Black alumna to make a gift of this magnitude and the first to have her portrait installed in the college’s rotunda.

Smith-Gordon’s impact is two-fold—her gift will support cultural diversity programs and scholarships for Black law students, and her portrait will be a lasting reminder of representation and limitless possibilities for these students.

“There is a great need to help cultivate Black lawyers and actively encourage their success,” Smith-Gordon said. “Be it a brick, scholarship or an event, as one who was a Black law student, I assist because I understand the challenges…”

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