ST. THOMAS – In a talk that referenced hip-hop culture and African history, Islamic civil rights advocate Dawud Walid told hundreds of Charlotte Amalie High School students Friday that they owe it to their ancestors who endured slavery to take advantage of the chances before them.

“They were denied education, freedom of movement, practicing the religion of their choice and marriage,” Walid said. “You have a choice not to pick up that gun and to open up that book.”

Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Michigan, is visiting the territory as part of a lecture series organized by the local Muslim community.

The school talk, “Choices, Chances, and Consequences: Charting a Course to Success,” was arranged by the school’s Black History Committee. Edney Freeman was master of ceremony.

Walid also spoke at the Masjid Nur Ahl-Us Islamic Center and at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas in an event hosted by Malik Sekou on Friday afternoon.

Today at 7 p.m. he will make a presentation on the misconceptions about Islam at the UVI cafetorium on St. Croix.


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