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Biden Is Met with Protest as He Delivers Morehouse Graduation Speech

HeadlineMay 20, 2024

On Sunday, President Biden addressed the graduating class of Morehouse College, the prestigious Black college in Atlanta whose alum include Martin Luther King Jr. Some students turned their backs on the president to protest his Gaza policies. Morehouse valedictorian DeAngelo Fletcher, who had a Palestinian flag affixed to his graduation cap, called for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

DeAngelo Fletcher: “It is my stance as a Morehouse man — nay, as a human being — to call for an immediate and a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.”

President Biden was seen on video applauding DeAngelo Fletcher’s call for a permanent ceasefire. During his speech, Biden also called for an immediate ceasefire. Biden’s speech came just days after his administration notified Congress of its plans to send another $1 billion in arms to Israel, including tank ammunition, mortars and tactical vehicles.

Later on Sunday, protesters gathered in Detroit, where President Biden addressed an NAACP dinner.

We will speak to two Morehouse professors later in the program. One turned her back on Biden, and another held up a flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo behind the president.

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