Graduating seniors at a historically black college in Florida protest U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' commencement speech by booing and turning their backs on her. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Graduating seniors at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida turned their backs to protest U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during her commencement speech on Wednesday. The students said they organized the protest because of her remarks about historically black schools like theirs. Students, alumni and political activists said they took issue with DeVos' statement in February that historically black colleges were "pioneers" of educational choice. She later said such schools were created because other institutions were not open to African Americans. A hashtag on social media, #BackstoBetsy, suggested some of the approximately 300 graduating seniors would turn their backs during DeVos' speech.