Texas A&M sets Aggies United event during white nationalist's speech

Headline Goes Here

HOUSTON - Texas A&M University says it will hold an event to highlight diversity and unity at the same time a white nationalist is set to speak at the College Station campus in December.

The "Aggies United" event was scheduled after Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, was invited to speak on Dec. 6 by a former student, who can reserve campus space available to the public.

A&M spokeswoman Amy Smith said Wednesday the event at the university's football stadium will be a chance for the school and the community to "be unified with our disgust really for this person."

In a statement, A&M President Michael Young says Spencer won't be prevented from speaking as the school values freedom of speech.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.