Farrakhan says he doesn't lead hate group

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Friday the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center is wrong when it says he leads a hate organization.

Farrakhan told high school and college students Friday at Tuskegee University that his organization shouldn't be lumped together with the Ku Klux Klan. He says he has never done anything to cause white people to live in fear like the Klan has done to blacks.

The director of public relations for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dana Vickers Shelley, says Farrakhan's talk of separation does not move the nation forward.

Farrakhan spent much of his speech encouraging young people to respect their bodies and avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco.



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