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January 31, 2012 0

Academic Department Co-Sponsors Farrakhan Appearance at Chicago State University

The African-American Stud­ies Pro­gram at Chicago State Uni­ver­sity (CSU) spon­sored a lec­ture by Louis Far­rakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI), at the University’s Jacoby Dick­ens Cen­ter on Jan­u­ary 25. Accord­ing to the NOI, Farrakhan’s son-in-law and long­time aide Leonard Muham­mad “worked closely” with CSU fac­ulty and staff to make Farrakhan’s address on edu­ca­tion in the African-American com­mu­nity hap­pen.

In an inter­view last fall, Far­rakhan described a grow­ing will­ing­ness among uni­ver­sity admin­is­tra­tors to invite him to their cam­puses despite the nefar­i­ous influ­ence of “forces that have seen me as anti-Semitic or anti-White or racist or how­ever they wish to describe me.” In 2011, Far­rakhan spoke at Howard Uni­ver­sity, Jack­son State Uni­ver­sity and Prairie View A&M University—though unlike the CSU event, none of those appear­ances were spon­sored by aca­d­e­mic departments.
Farrakhan’s address at CSU comes within weeks of the NOI’s annual Sav­iours’ Day con­ven­tion, which is tak­ing place in Rose­mont and Chicago, Illi­nois, from Feb­ru­ary 24–26, 2012.