by Nakia Cooper
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan served as guest lecturer at Prairie View A & M University Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Farrakhan’s appearance was part of the Students Participating in Transcendent Knowledge, or S.P.I.T Knowledge, an unconventional platform which offers a diverse genre of speakers to the students and community in a method that is not usually given in a traditional classroom setting.
People of all ages, races and walks of life attended the event to hear Farrakhan’s message of education and empowerment.
"We are honored to be at Prairie View tonight. I am grateful to the students who invited me to come," said Farrakhan, who had not been to the campus in 23 years.
Farrakhan remarked how his appearance was something unexpected—and may not have been welcomed – on other college campuses.
"Education should prepare you to listen to anyone and judge them for yourself as to whether they are worthy to be listened to," he said. "The person that has knowledge has potential power to remove any impediment in the pathway of our progress."
Security was tight at the event, which was free to the public, and attendees went through TSA-style pat-downs before entering PV’s William "Billy" J. Nicks building, also known as "The Baby Dome."
In the dome, the crowd was treated to various uplifting performances including spoken-word poetry, singing and rapping from Houston artist K-Rino.
Inspiring words were spoken by Texas rap legend and Rice University professor, Bun B of UGK, who impressed upon the youth the importance of the minister’s visit.
"This is history. It is importance that we acknowledge that we are in the presence of history; the presence of greatness," Bun B said, telling the students they need to take heed to the minister’s message and take charge of their lives. "They don’t believe you guys are willing to stand together, fight for what’s yours or you care."
Houston City Councilmember Jarvis Johnson also paid homage to the man he called great, hailing Farrakhan for advocating leadership and unity. He encouraged the attendees to "take the message in, not take the message out."
The minister was also presented the key to the city by Prairie View Mayor Frank Jackson.
S.P.I.T. Knowledge selects presenters who have an enormous ability to communicate with the younger "hip-hop" generation and have a message to share, while challenging the opinions and ideas of students.
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