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Howard U. Students Protest During James Comey’s Convocation Speech

James Comey, the former FBI director, was met with songs and protest chants at Howard University on Friday as he gave the convocation address, a video on the Politico site shows.

In the video, student protesters can be heard singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” in the back of the auditorium. In an interview, Jaquatte Williams, a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism, said that Mr. Comey could not be heard over the sound of the protesters and that he waited at the podium for the students to stop.

In a news release, student activists with the group HU Resist wrote that Mr. Comey’s work at the FBI included a “dismissal of racist state-sanctioned violence, and efforts to dismantle the growing Black Lives Matter movement, similar to the FBI’s efforts to dismantling of the civil-rights and black-power movements just a few decades prior.”

The Howard convocation is meant to welcome new students to the campus, and protesters felt that Mr. Comey was not a speaker who aligned with the goals of the historically black university, the news release said.

“James Comey represents an institution diametrically opposed to the interests of black people domestically and abroad,” read the release. “While his tenure at the FBI has finished, his impact on our community remains.”

The university has not responded to a request for comment.

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