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Helen Thomas' Alma Mater Ends Diversity Award Named After Her


The University said it "strongly condemns the anti-Semitic remarks made by Helen Thomas," according to the Detroit Free Press.

On Sunday, Thomas, 90, responded to the move by telling the Press that "the leaders of Wayne State University have made a mockery of the First Amendment and disgraced their understanding of its inherent freedom of speech and the press."
The University gave out its 10th annual Helen Thomas Awards in April. This years recipients were Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. and Lynette Clemetson, founding managing editor of Thomas grew up in Detroit, and graduated from Wayne State, and later went on to a legendary career as a White House correspondent.

Yesterday, Arab-American leaders met with university officials, and asked them to reverse the decision. reports that the University promised to give leaders a response by Friday.

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