Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaking at Southern this morning
BATON ROUGE - A nationally-known preacher is scheduled to speak at Southern University Thursday morning.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be on the Bluff today. He sparked controversy during the 2008 presidential election, when he served as the pastor for then-candidate Barack Obama. Rev. Wright garnered unwanted attention following comments about America he made from the pulpit.
Wright will be the main speaker for a Black History month event at the public university. Officials at Southern say the money to pay for Wright's visit is coming from a private donor, but the amount was not disclosed.
The event is being organized by William Arp, the Dean for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Arp says he chose Wright for his affiliation to the President and his expertise in religion. "Our students must be exposed to different ideas, different ways of thinking," said Arp.
The speech begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Smith-Brown Memorial Union on Southern's campus. The event is free and open to the public.