Betsy DeVos' Commencement Speech Sparks Protests

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Students at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida protested during Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ commencement address yesterday. Bethune-Cookman is a historically black university, and DeVos’ and the Trump administration’s complicated relationship to HBCUs cast a shadow over her speech. “She's way off the reservation in her observations about history and it has consequences,” said former Massachusetts education secretary Paul Reville. “People don’t forget.”