Westboro Baptist Church, designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, has announced plans to protest at the upcoming commencement ceremonies for Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Clark Atlanta University, which are all HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)
On Tuesday, Spelman’s Director of Public Safety Steve Bowser, sent an email detailing the extra security measures the college would be taking because of the perceived threat.
The e-mail reads in part:
“-We will have additional staff on hand to ensure that all events proceed safely and with minimal disruption if any at all.
-All faculty, staff and students should carry their Spelman ID to all events. Also, we strongly recommend that all alumnae, guests, and vendors have ID, as there will be additional security screening by campus staff and local law enforcement.
-Per Spelman’s guidelines posters, placards, signs and balloons are prohibited at all Commencement-related events.
-We encourage everyone to immediately report any suspicious or concerning behavior to campus staff or law enforcement.”
Westboro intends to protest at the HBCUs on May 19 with Bible verses because of the institutions’ recently implementing policies and actions inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Westboro Baptist Church, located in Topeka, KS, has a well-documented history of organizing hateful protests, which is why they are classified as a hate group and are monitored by the FBI. Their website name contains a vile homophobic slur.