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Louis Farrakhan speaks at TSU event

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Religious leader Louis Farrakhan returned to Nashville to speak at a conference Friday night at Tennessee State University.

Farrakhan, who leads the Nation of Islam, always attracts a crowd and, usually, criticism.

The leader of the Nation of Islam spoke for about two hours on a number of topics, including black on black crime - which he called genocide - and the importance of higher education.

Farrakhan said anyone who pursues a higher-education degree just to make money and get possessions misses the boat. Instead, he said, they should be getting a degree so they can learn to solve problems and lift up the black community.

Two student organizations at TSU hosted the Collegiate Black United Summit International Conference, of which Farrakhan delivered the keynote.

"Ultimately, we want to make sure this is for our survival. This is to make sure our schools and our legacy last for a while," said event organizer Samuel X.

On campus, security was a top concern, as Farrakhan brought a security detail of about 80 people.

In April, Farrakhan scheduled a visit to the TSU campus as part of a college tour. But, the event was later moved to a church in north Nashville.

TSU blamed the move on a conflict with facilities, but Farrakhan himself said the school tried to block him.

Farrakhan wasn't be the only speaker at the conference. The program also included leaders and students from Meharry Medical College, Fisk University and TSU.

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