Sharpton encourages SU students to 'stand up" | Community Spirit
Despite cancelling twice, Rev. Al Sharpton says his visit to Southern University came at a perfect time, given the issues the students are facing with the proposed merger of Southern University New Orleans and the University of New Orleans.
The Civil Rights Leader encouraged the students to continue to fight for what they feel is right.
"Nobody gives you your place, you have to take it," he says. "It's your time to stand up and be judged by what you do or don't do in this climate."
He urged them to turn their "pain into power. What looks like a problem is an opportunity to show how good you are. No story. No glory."
The Louisiana Board of Regents recently voted to merge the two schools. However, the proposal needs two-thirds legislative approval in order to pass. Southern University students have filed a lawsuit to fight against the proposal saying its unconstitutional and many feel it's an attack on Historically Black Colleges.
Sharpton drew upon his on experience as he told students that history is made up of people who chose to make a difference, despite the odds against them.
"If you're going to fight something worthwhile, it's going to fight you back," he said.
Afterwards, Sharpton answered questions and shook hands with his many fans.