Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Understudy Massey Steals Show at Northwestern

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Understudy Massey Steals Show at Northwestern

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- He may have only been a stand-in, but he was a hit with the audience.

U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was scheduled to give the commencement address at Northwestern University last month, but a significant development occurred on the way to the ceremony -- a breakthrough in the negotiations for peace that brought an end to the air war in Yugoslavia.

And so, given fewer than two days notice, Morehouse College President Dr. Walter E. Massey, who had been invited to the ceremony to receive an honorary doctor of science degree, stepped up to the podium to pinch-hit for Albright.

"I am actually somewhat of a veteran at this sort of thing," Massey told the audience of 22,000. "Ten years ago, I stood in as commencement speaker for President George Bush. So I think this might be my calling."

A number of students had planned to protest Albright's appearance. And many nonprotesters were also disappointed to learn she would not be speaking. But after Massey spoke, most agreed they weren't let down, according to the Daily Northwestern.

"I'm not sure that I missed out on Albright because Dr. …

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