Howard University students protested during former FBI director James Comey’s convocation address Friday afternoon.
In a report from Reuters, an estimated 20 students seated near the back of Howard’s auditorium stood with raised fists and chanted “no justice, no peace,” “f**k Jim Comey,” and “get out Jim Comey, you’re not our homie.”
“I hope you’ll stay to listen to what I have to say, and I just listened to you for five minutes,” Comey said in response to the protest but the students continued on, leading Comey to continue his speech while the chants and slogans went on. No effort was made to remove the protesters.
“I love the enthusiasm of the young folks, I just wish they would understand what a conversation is. A conversation is where you speak and I listen, and then I speak and you listen,” the former FBI director said. “And then we go back and forth and back and forth. And at the end of a conversation, we’re both smarter. I am here at Howard to try to get smarter, to try to be useful, to try to have healthy conversations.”
Comey’s convocation speech is one of several he is expected to give at Howard, where he will deliver a series of lectures during the 2017-2018 school year. Following Donald Trump firing him from his position of FBI director, Comey now serves as endowed chair in public policy at Howard. He is donating his $100,000 salary to a scholarship for students who came to the school from foster care, with the donation helping seven students at the university this year.