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A raised fist, a march among the protests of Biden's Morehouse speech

Jillian Price, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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Several dozen demonstrators marched to Morehouse College Sunday to protest President Joe Biden’s position on the ongoing war in Gaza and to air grievances on other topics.

The displays of disagreement with Biden were clear as the presidential motorcade entered the Atlanta campus at 8:37 a.m. A lone protester held a handwritten sign that said “Genocide Joe” among other things.

About a half mile away, protesters gathered at West End Park to prepare for their peaceful demonstration. As the crowd continued to grow, protesters chanted “Biden Biden you’re a liar, we demand a cease-fire” and “Biden Biden you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide.”

Daxton Pettus, a junior at Morehouse, said he came out to stand up for what is right.

”I made a commitment, a personal commitment, to be on the right side of history and to be an active agent,” Pettus said.

Pettus said he met with school trustees and the college’s president, David A. Thomas, but felt his voice wasn’t really heard.

 

”They said that they would be open for conversation but their words held no value, because they have not followed up and it’s been two weeks.”

He also said having Biden speak goes totally against what the college stands for.

”This is the home of Martin Luther King,” Pettus said. “We’re inviting a war criminal to come to speak to students, even though he is the president.”

Discussions about Biden speaking at Morehouse began in September, before the war began in Gaza.

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