A former judge and prominent civil rights leader paid a visit to a local university to share his life experiences.
D'Army Bailey wrote a book about his involvement in the civil rights movement and even opened the National Civil Rights museum in Memphis.
The focus of his message was to tell students about his past and how they can make a difference in racial equality.
"Our future as a nation depends upon the vision and dedication and courage of our young people that they have to stand outside of these systems and not take them for granted and for them to change for the positive," says D'Army Bailey, an author and attorney.
Bailey's interest in civil rights brought him to his role in several films including the People versus Larry Flint...which he says stresses the importance of freedom of speech.