Protesters with the Westboro Baptist Church were overlooked by many people attending the 132nd Spelman College commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Georgia International Convention Center. (Photo: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Westboro has picketed everything from gay pride parades to the funerals of slain U.S. soldiers. It threatened to picket the funerals of children and educators killed in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Southern Poverty Law Center has called Westboro a hate group.
Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said last week it was aware of Westboro’s plans and was “acting accordingly.”
Clark Atlanta University’s ceremony is Monday morning.