Chuck D, named Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, is best known as the leader of Public Enemy, pioneering rap group that tackled social issues and politics. He grew up in New York and attended Adelphi University to pursue a degree in graphic design. His passion led him to a successful career in music, becoming one of the most influential political rappers that the hip-hop era has ever seen. Today, he continues to speak out on politics and society.
As the fall’s first Students Participating in Transcendent (S.P.I.T.) Knowledge guest speaker, Chuck D urged students to explore the world and secure a passport. He also urged students to maintain their sense of self as the various messages are thrown their way. “The mind is the real estate of the new millennium,” he said.
The S.P.I.T. Knowledge series at PVAMU is a twist on the traditional college lecture series program aimed at arousing interest that may not be stimulated through the traditional classroom setting through the presentation of a diverse group of speakers. All lectures are free and open to the public.
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