In a prepared statement released this morning, Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine distanced the school from the April 10 visit to campus by Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.
As reported by The Times on Wednesday, student groups at Alabama A&M invited Farrakhan -- a well-known controversial speaker who has spoken out against Jews and said President Barack Obama is an "assassin."
Hugine reiterated that the student groups, not the administration, extended the invitation to Farrakhan.
"As President of Alabama A&M University, I want to state emphatically, that this administration did not extend an invitation to Minister Louis Farrakhan," Hugine said in the statement. "The invitation was extended by student organizations on the campus consistent with university policy and procedures.