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Minister Farrakhan to keynote LOC Diversity Leadership Conference

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam will deliver the keynote address during the Diversity Leadership Conference that will unfold on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College on April 14.

Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam will deliver the keynote address during the Diversity Leadership Conference that will unfold on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College on April 14.

 
Minister Louis Farrakhan

Farrakhan is among a diverse group of community leaders who will lecture on such topics as cultural acceptance, social stigmas, race and religion. Workshops will take place in the Student Center at 807 Walker Avenue, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Farrakhan is on the 6:30 p.m. program at Brownlee Hall/Johnson Gymnasium.

“The goal that the student government had was to actually be able to expose college-age students to diversity, whether it’s religion, race, regardless. Our goal was to expose them to it so that they would realize that there is real true beauty in diversity,” said SGA President SimmieRay Dinkins.

“In order for us to be truly successful and able to lead without bias and without prejudice and all these things, we have to learn and understand and appreciate different faiths, different religions, different ethnic origins.”

A junior born in Chicago, Dinkins graduated high school in Ripley, Tenn. He noted that LOC is a private institution, where the bulk funding comes from a faith-based community, “that faith being the Christian faith and a lot of Jewish faith as well.”

 “I am sure you are not oblivious to the relationship or the views of the Muslim and Jewish communities,” he said. “Although there may have been some caution, there was of course caution, I still had the support of the school. When I say I had their support, I mean that I am saying that they guided me to be able to reach out to individuals to make happen what I needed to make happen.”

LOC is “our campus and we are entitled to the experience we want to have,” said Dinkins. “And that experience involves us being exposed to different things contrary to what the typical belief is on our campus.”

True educational liberation has no bias, said Dinkins.

“When you try to educate a body of people to be able to compete on a global scale and in a global community, you have to expose them to the global community,” said Dinkins. “Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam are point of that global community. There is no way we could deny that.”

Naa’irah Muhammad, a Nation of Islam student liaison at LOC, where she is junior, said the Diversity Leadership Conference is about uplifting the students, bringing knowledge and truth, and getting students to get more involved.

Muhammad Farrakhan, she noted, is on a college tour, visiting various campuses.

“I just want it to be an awakening to the students,” said Muhammad of Farrakhan’s visit and the conference. “Not just at the LeMoyne campus, but at other campuses as well to start making a change, and to step up and start being leaders as far as our campuses and in our communities.”

(For more information call 901-435-1740 or visit www.loc.edu.)

 

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