Many universities will pay tens of thousands of dollars to bring speakers to their campuses. Some of these speakers are mediocre and have messages that are not in the least bit empowering or enjoyable for an African American audience. Some universities will spend $40,000 to bring in a rapper who speaks with profane language, referring to women as b*tches and hoes, without even blinking an eye.
The Hon. Louis Farrakhan is more famous and respected than most of these people. He inspires black students unlike anyone else, respects women, tells black men to educate themselves and possesses intellectual capabilty that is proclaimed by many to be extraordinary. Also, he doesn’t ask for a $30,000 fee like some rappers do. Instead, he pays his own expenses and doesn’t request an honorarium.
If that’s the case, then why are many universities hesitant to allow Farrakhan to speak to black students? Did you ever wonder why a rapper who teaches black people to shoot each other and remain ignorant is welcome, but another man who encourages them to lift up their communities is avoided like the plague? We’ll let you think about that while you read this article from the Final Call:
College students from across the country gathered at Tennessee State University for the first Collegiate Black United Summit International conference October 31 to November 2.
Because of the difficulties caused by Superstorm Sandy, student leaders from parts of the East Coast were unable to make the trip, however, many others did, and enjoyed the three-day summit featuring the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
The Minister got right to work speaking to approximately 30 student leaders on Nov. 1 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. He was also the keynote speaker wrapping up the conference Nov. 2 at the Gentry Complex on TSU’s campus.
Min. Farrakhan discussed the reasons many university officials and outside organizations work to prevent him from speaking to Black students on college campuses, even though he pays expenses for all of his staff and does not ask for an honorarium.
“My purpose for coming, at my own expense, is to talk to you,” said the 79-year-old Muslim leader. “I’m not a young man, and as an older man starts going down into the valley of death, he wants to know what is coming behind him, that will make his living not in vain.”
“If we lose you, we have no future. That’s how important you are to the future of our people and that’s why they have made it very difficult for Louis Farrakhan to come to speak to young Black students,” he added.