Headline RoundupMay 20th, 2024

President Biden Speaks at Morehouse College

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Sunday, President Joe Biden gave the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and focused on Israel, Gaza, and the future of democracy.

Key Details: Despite calls for protests at the HBCU, there were just a few interruptions and some students turned their backs during the speech.

Key Quote: “I support peaceful nonviolent protest,” Biden, told the graduates.“Your voices should be heard. I promise you I hear them.”

For Context: Biden's commencement address took place as college campuses nationwide have seen pro-Palestinian protests over the Israel-Hamas war. It was also one of several events this week where Biden appeared before black communities as some polls suggest he is losing support among black voters.

How the Media Covered it: Sources on all sides mentioned protests at the speech, but right-rated sources tended to highlight them more prominently.

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