Comedian, actor and civil rights activist Bill Cosby had some jokes to tell at Paul Quinn College’s 141st Commencement ceremony in Dallas on Saturday.

“I’m very proud to be an honorary — keep that in mind, honorary — graduate,” Cosby said on his honorary degree the school presented him. “Don’t ask me to send any money. Nice try, but don’t write me a letter.”

But Cosby also reminded students, faculty and other guests on the importance of civil rights during his speech.

“You’ve got to speak out. Stop clapping, because you’ve got to speak out,” said Cosby. “What is your excuse for remaining silent when you see your children in a way that you never thought could happen?”


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