A brief CIA biography of KSM also says that the time he spent studying engineering at North Carolina A&T University during the mid-1980s “almost certainly helped propel him on his path to become a terrorist.” The university is one of the nation’s historically black schools.
First off, I was present at A&T during the time that KSM was there. I belive that our paths crossed a time or two.
There was nothing going on at "T" that would make one a terrorist. That was either in his heart before he got there or manifest itself after he left. Other than the KKK shooting up a housing project well before he and I arrived, A&T was not a political hotbed for political students - even with the history of the Greensboro Four or Willie Grimes. One would have to attend NCCU or Shaw for those topics of a political nature. Perhaps the biggest political movement during those times on campus and elsewhere was the protests against South African Apartheid, food at the "then" Williams Cafe, and that ill-advised "Mr. Aggie" contest, but then again, I digress...
Neither A&T nor Chowan College - his other school not mentioned (Hmmmmmm...), would have cultivated his hatred of America. What President Reagan was doing in the Middle East might have, but there were no student protests about those excursions during the time that I was there.