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Open Love Letter to Bethune-Cookman 2017 Graduates from Black Faculty | Cassius - Must-Read Link
Written by JoAnn Chateau

UPDATE: Readers wrote passionate comments on my post about the Bethune-Cookman University graduating class of 2017. Some folks thought the students were very rude to protest the commencement address by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – while she was giving it! Others thought the students were well within their rights, and praised their actions.

Just so you know, Black professors all around the country are bursting with pride over the Bethune-Cookman graduates and their nonviolent resistance. You may want to read the open letter they wrote to the BCU Class of 2017…

Dear Graduates of Bethune-Cookman: First, congratulations! We are so proud of what you have accomplished. You have studied, prepared, planned, learned, and have earned what our parents, grandparents, and ancestors have had to fight, scrape, and die for in this nation. We are proud of you for that!…” ~ [over 200 signatures]

READ MORE: Open Love Letter to Bethune-Cookman 2017 Graduates from Black Faculty | Cassius

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • Thank you so much for this update. I was brought to tears as I read what these educators expressed. It was exactly how I felt. As you know, my response to your previous post on this matter was outrage at Devos’ presence and praise for the students. I think this tribute to them is exactly what they needed to read and I am sure many will keep it along with their graduation program.
    We cannot go backwards in life. We cannot let progress disintegrate and oppress those who have gained their place among the best and the brightest. This administration has been trying to push minorities back into the shadows to please a select few and these students, like the millions of women who marched protested peacefully wearing pink hats, had their voices heard. Not one was hurt. But their message was clear and loud. I say Bravo to the students and to the people who turned their backs on their oppressor.

    • Thanks for sharing the wise heart-warmth you have, Leslie. What the students did is part of the Big Picture. I hadn’t thought of them saving the cross-country faculty letter along with grad program, but I’m sure you’re right. Have a peaceful, happy weekend.

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