Dignitaries generally are the ones who are invited to give the commencement address for Harvard University graduates. Our very own James Meredith was invited to speak on this prestigious stage, to the Harvard Graduate School of Education on May 29, 2013.
I had a serious chat with Meredith before he left for that engagement in Boston. In our chat, he said that the Harvard elite had requested an advance copy of his talk. Meredith held tight to his position of non-release and surrendered a copy of his talk to the dean as he approached the lectern for his delivery.