NORFOLK, Va. — Author's note: The video above is on file from October 28, 2021.
Grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams told the newest graduates of Norfolk State University to act like “the emerging majority” and help develop the area’s businesses and culture.
Williams gave the fall commencement speech on Saturday at the historically Black school located not far from where the producer and rapper grew up in adjoining Virginia Beach.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that Williams was brought to tears when he was made an honorary member of Norfolk State’s marching band.
He told listeners to do their part to help the city of Norfolk thrive in part by spending money at local businesses that care.