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A petition online is gaining support to ask one Florida college to cancel plans to have U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos deliver their commencement speech next week.
DeVos is scheduled to address the graduates at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach – a historically black college.
Back in February, DeVos – an outspoken supporter of school choice – put out a statement saying HBCU’s became school choice “pioneers.”
That was met with plenty of public criticism since many historically black colleges rose up because of racism that stopped African-Americans from going to other schools.
DeVos said it was proof that more options equal greater access – those who oppose her came out saying she does not have a firm grasp on history.
The Change.org petition to stop her from speaking now has more than 5,000 signatures. However, the school’s president DeVos’ ideals closely align with college founder, Mary McLeod Bethune.