Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, is scheduled to speak on the campus of Alabama A&M University on April 10. He was invited to campus by a student group, the Alabama A&M Democrats. The invitation has been controversial with many constituencies in Alabama.
Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine issued a statement, which read in part, “As President of Alabama A&M University, I want to state emphatically, that this administration did not extend an invitation to Minister Louis Farrakhan. The invitation was extended by student organizations on the campus consistent with university policy and procedures. Other than the provision of these facilities, the University is not sponsoring or funding this event in any way. The views which may be expressed during this upcoming event do not reflect or embody the views of Alabama A&M University.”
President Hugine continued, “There are occasions when there exists an inevitable clash of ideals, opinions and beliefs and, in such instances, we believe we must be guided by the common principle which we all hold dear – the freedom of expression.”