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Betsy DeVos Delivering Commencement Speech At HBCU

A historically black institution is getting BLASTED for inviting the secretary of education to speak at their commencement address.

Bethune-Cookman University, a Daytona Beach-based school founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1904, has extended an invitation to Betsy Devos to speak at their commencement and rightfully, folks are BIG mad.

Devos will speak to grads next weekend and a protest has been launched with over 4,000 signatures.

Mind you, Devos previously made those ignorant comments that historically black colleges were “real pioneers when it comes to school choice” when really, they were created because black students were denied access to higher education.

Via The Washington Post:

In a news release Monday, the university said: “Much like Dr. Bethune, Founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional education experience. Her mission to empower parents and students resonates with the history and legacy of Dr. Bethune.”

“Dr. Bethune’s love for students started with five little girls and grew to over 250 students during her time as university president,” Edison Jackson, the college’s president, said in the statement.

The release also noted the importance of funding from the Education Department, and praised DeVos for her charitable contributions.

Did they just compare her to Mary McLeod Bethune?


Last year, Bethune hosted a Hilary Clinton rally on campus.

My how things change.

Bethune’s President has since released a statement; hit the flip to see it.

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