Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Protesters interrupt Comey speech at Howard University

Protesters interrupt Comey speech at Howard University

A group of protesters chanting "no justice, no peace, " interrupted former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey as he tried to address the convocation ceremony at Howard University on Friday morning.

Protesters, who'd planned the demonstration all week on social media, jumped to their feet in the back of the auditorium to chant before Comey took the stage to speak. I hope you listen to what I have to say, " Comey told the protesters to applause from other students, staff and faculty seated in rows closer to the front. Media accounts of his comments referred to this as a "Ferguson effect", a reference to the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Missouri.

"I love the enthusiasm of the young folks", Comey said about 15 minutes after the chanting began.

Allyson Carpenter, a former student government leader, said she thinks the university administration believes students support Comey because he stood up to Trump. But the group continued.

In his prepared speech Friday, he spoke about how students can use their time at Howard "to train yourself to become a well-rounded citizen of the world". "I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful", Comey said.

The the school made the announcement on August 23rd, with Comey's pseech desigend to welcome students to the historically black university.

Comey became a lightning rod for criticism from Democrats when he announced shortly before the November 8, 2016, USA presidential election that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had discovered a new trove of emails involving the party's presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. On September 22, he delivered the keynote address at convocation at Howard University.

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