Hampton University Commencement Speech

President George Bush delivered the commencement address at Hampton University, a small and historically black school in Hampton,… read more

President George Bush delivered the commencement address at Hampton University, a small and historically black school in Hampton, Virginia. He spoke on the necessity for free trade legislation with Mexico, public housing programs and the importance of education reforms for the U.S. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the school for his support for “historically black colleges and universities.” President Bush’s remarks were met with silent protest from the 1,023 graduating students in the audience. During the awarding of the degree, many students held clenched fists in the air or moaned when University President Harvey mentioned President Bush’s support for black institutions. Following President Bush’s introduction, most of the graduating students sat down abruptly after the singing of the school song in protest of President Bush’s presence at the school. close

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Hampton University Commencement Speech

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17934-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Hampton, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
May 12, 1991
Last Aired:
May 13, 1991

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  • May 12, 1991 | 10:11am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 12, 1991 | 7:40pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 13, 1991 | 4:15am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 13, 1991 | 7:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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