Biden at Morehouse: Ceasefire Call and Black Empowerment

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President Joe Biden speaks to graduating students at the Morehouse College commencement Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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“And most of all, what does it mean, as we’ve heard before, to be a Black man who loves his country even if it doesn’t love him back in equal measure?”

That was President Joe Biden addressing Morehouse College grads at the commencement on Sunday. He went on to talk about his administration’s commitment to Black Americans.

The president highlighted substantial investments in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), totaling over $16 billion, efforts to increase Black educator diversity, and initiatives supporting Black-owned businesses.

President Joe Biden speaks to graduating students at the Morehouse College commencement Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Transitioning to the crisis in Gaza, Biden called for an immediate ceasefire and long-term political solution, acknowledging the deep frustration and pain felt by many. Despite peaceful protests during the speech, including students turning their backs and displaying a Palestinian flag, Biden emphasized that dissent is essential but must not lead to disorder.

An attendee stands with their back to President Joe Biden as Biden speaks to graduating students at the Morehouse College commencement Sunday, May 19, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

At the ceremony, Biden was also awarded an honorary degree.


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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