Combs can also talk about why he founded Daddy’s House Social Programs, an organization to help inner-city youth that includes tutoring, life-skills classes, and an annual summer camp.
“We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker,” Howard’s interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a prepared statement. “His entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard. We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence.”
One final point: Some black folks are suggesting that Combs cut Howard a check before he leaves campus. It would be great if Combs would share some of his wealth with Howard University, but it’s not a requirement for his speech.
It’s no secret that Howard is experiencing fiscal challenges, like many other historically black colleges across the country.
A vice-chairwoman of Howard University’s board of trustees told the board in a report published last year that the school “is in genuine trouble” because of financial and management problems.
“Howard will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now,” Renee Higginbotham-Brooks wrote in her letter.
All Combs was asked to share was his life experiences, provide them with valuable guidance for the real world, and inspire them to reach their goals.
That should be enough.
What do you think?
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COMMENTARY: Howard University Made The Right Choice With Diddy was originally published on blackamericaweb.com