College Defends Students Who Turned Their Backs on Biden speech: 'We Are Proud'

By Ian Banks | May 22, 2024

Peaceful assembly

Morehouse College commended its students and faculty for their actions during President Biden's commencement address, where at least seven graduates and one faculty member turned their backs to the president.

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The college emphasized the importance of peaceful assembly, stating that it is fundamental to Morehouse's social justice tradition. 

Silent protest

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Praising the class of 2024 for their unity in silent protest, Morehouse highlighted their strategic approach, effective communication, and coordinated action as a cohesive 412-person group. Following weeks of nationwide campus protests against Israel's conflict in Gaza, which reportedly resulted in the deaths of at least 35,000 Palestinians according to the Health Ministry, President Biden addressed the historically Black Morehouse College graduates.