On June 3rd, the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, delivered a powerful speech to the 2016 graduating class at the City College of New York. We all know the United States is known as the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave”, and we can all agree that this country was not founded upon those principles, which is the message Mrs. Obama wanted the graduates to understand.
And, graduates, it’s the story that I witness every single day when I wake up in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters –- two beautiful, black young women -– head off to school — (applause) — waving goodbye to their father, the President of the United States, the son of a man from Kenya who came here to American — to America for the same reasons as many of you: To get an education and improve his prospects in life.
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She wants us to understand that we are no different than she is. She wants us to understand that we can accomplish all things if we truly believe in ourselves. Although the “founding fathers never could have imagined,” the day a black man became the president of this land was confirmation that there still remain abundance of opportunities.