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Betsy Devos to Give Bethune Cookman Commencement Address

By Free Radical 
57c5cbbb781c4d8a8165a4a9f58bff21_18Last week, Bethune Cookman University, an HBCU in Daytona Beach, Florida, announced that Secretary of Education Betsy Devos would give their commencement address on May 10.

The official announcement likened Devos, to Bethune-Cookman’s famous founder Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneer of both civil and women’s rights: “Much like Dr. Bethune, Founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional education experience.”

This statement and the overall selection of Devos have drawn the ire of BC alumni and other African-Americans. Along with aligning herself with the deeply unpopular Donald Trump, Devos is a staunch advocate of school choice. Though many African-Americans support school choice in some form of another, many consider the Education Secretary to be on the extreme. Her advocacy of things