In remarks at his introduction to the Trojan Nation, Abdullah outlined his four core beliefs with the statement: “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”
Abdullah, his wife and his mother are products of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Both Abdullah’s son, Mikaili (Morehouse) and daughter Sefiyetu (Howard) will attend an HBCU.