Updated: Apr 12, 2019
Entrepreneur and motivational speaker T.D. Jakes is the next big face to appear at North Carolina A&T State University this spring to speak on “Living Your Best Life.”
Jakes–an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and CEO–will make his way to Greensboro in a few weeks to speak about “Living Your Best Life,” to about 4,000 Greensboro community members and students.
The Harold L. Martin Sr. Chancellor’s Series, which has brought many well-known faces to the campus of N.C. A&T is bringing yet another notable figure to Aggieland.
Jakes is well-known for many things, including his ministry work at The Potter’s House: a non-denominational, multicultural church and global humanitarian organization, in Dallas, Texas; his daytime talk show, the TD Jakes Show; his films such as Woman Thou Art Loosed; and his books, like Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up.
When the news was first announced, many students took to social media to share their excitement. Twitter user @LiveLaughZoe quoted the announcement tweet with, “Oh this is gonna be epic.” Alana Vallen, Aggie Alum responded to the tweet, “#AggiePride! I love
The students' excitement branched further off of social media.
Some students, like senior architectural engineering student Tyler White, have been Jakes fans for a while now. “I actually watch Bishop Jakes every day,” White said, “while he’s here, I just want to hear something inspirational to get me to graduation. I’ve never been to a Chancellor’s series, but I am looking forward to it.”
While the hype around the Chancellor’s Series is abundant, it is nothing new. The series initiative was first launched by Chancellor Martin on April 27th, 2017 with the purpose to bring notable personalities to A&T’s campus to discuss society, current world topics, and the importance of community beyond the university. The series premiered with ABC Star Daymond John, one of the well-known investors on the show “Shark Tank” appearing on campus to discuss financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and success. In the past, Chancellor Martin has brought many other distinguished figures, such as Jemele Hill and Common to the campus of A&T.
“I’ve been to see Common and Daymond John for the Chancellor’s Series since I started here at NCAT. I really enjoy the series and every speaker that comes gives really good insight,” junior Christopher Lyles said.
With such influential figures making appearances on campus, students consider who they’d like to see next on the Chancellor’s Speakers Series.
“I would love to see 44 [Barack Obama] or FLOTUS 44 [Michelle Obama] come next,” White wished.
“I feel like I’d like to see Eric Thomas make an appearance on the series. He always has a lot of insightful things to say,” Lyles stated.
The event will take place at the Corbett Sports Center on April 11th, at 6 PM. Students can get one free downloadable ticket by visiting the N. C. A
www.ncataggies.com. Tickets for the general public are available for $44 at the University Ticket Office in Brown Hall.