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Louis Farrakhan Visits Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, N.C., (Oct. 12, 2012) – “The future is on you,” declared Minister Louis Farrakhan, who visited Johnson C. Smith University on Oct. 12. His visit to Charlotte was a celebration of the 17th anniversary of his million man march on Washington, D.C. Farrakhan, who considered it a “great honor” to be speaking in front of University students and faculty, praised the University for its efforts to build diversity on campus and within the surrounding community.

He encouraged students to pursue an education, not for financial success, but to enrich the community around them. Throughout his message, he stressed that Historically Black Colleges and Universities must be preserved and this can only be done by students desiring to make a change. “Change,” emphasized Farrakhan, “has to start in the hearts and minds of those who want to change.”

Ironically, the change and inspiration Farrakhan was able create in the lives of others started on the University campus. Nearing the age of 80 in a couple months, Farrakhan reflected on how more than 50 years ago Johnson C. Smith University was his first ever speaking engagement.  

During his weekend visit, he also taught a leadership seminar and held a conference at the Bojangles’ Coliseum. Focusing mainly on the upcoming election, Farrakhan also addressed issues concerning Muslim politics, the U.S. “war on terror” and the recent presidential debate.

The Nation of Islam leader shows no signs of slowing down and as he nears closer to passing his leadership torch. He spoke in great confidence, “I want to see strong black men and women building a future.” It was more than apparent during his speech that those strong black men and women he was referencing were Johnson C. Smith University students.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the University’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the University on social media sites Facebook ( and Twitter (@JCSUniversity).          


Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing





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