At least one protester was seen being escorted out of the venue.
During a Wednesday morning news conference, Jackson defended the school's decision to invite DeVos to speak.
"It's important to understand people will disagree," Jackson said. "That does not mean one should roll over and play dead because you disagree."
Protesters pressured the university to rescind its invitation because of comments DeVos has made suggesting that historically black colleges and universities were "pioneers of school choice." She later acknowledged that the schools originated because of racial segregation.
B-CU administrators said DeVos has devoted her career to promoting educational opportunities, saying that Mary McLeod Bethune, the university's founder, wasn't constrained by political ideology.
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