Eric Holder’s Commencement Address at Morgan State University: A Commentary on Race in America


The following is the text of remarks as prepared for delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Morgan State University commencement ceremony in Baltimore on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The transcript was provided by the Justice Department’s Office of Public Affairs.


Thank you, President [David] Wilson, for those kind words-–and thank you all for such a warm welcome. It’s a pleasure to join you on this beautiful campus. And it’s a privilege to stand with so many distinguished faculty, staff, and administrators; members of the Board of Regents; and proud parents, family members, friends, and alumni – in congratulating the Morgan State University Class of 2014.

I’d like to thank Calvin Butler for his thoughtful remarks. And I want to thank Chairman-–and former Congressman and NAACP President-–Kweisi Mfume for his inspiring words and his service to our nation over the course of his exemplary career. I’d also like…

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