First Lady Michelle Obama made a pit stop in Atlanta on Sunday, as one of a few appearances on this year’s graduation circuit.
There, she addressed the 2011 graduates of Spelman College, the private school dedicated to teaching African-American women. In front of a crowd of hundreds of graduates and thousands of family, alumnae, and onlookers, she gave some pretty rousing remarks.
Her speech was based in Spelman history as starting as a school for former slaves to learn to read and write and eventually go on to college. She did an excellent job of weaving in the tenacity and determination of the founders and the early graduates into her delivery. Above all, for both the graduates and onlookers, Mrs. Obama reminded the young women of the service they owe to their community for their “inheritance” of a Spelman education.
“Wherever you go, I guarantee you that you will find folks who have been discounted or dismissed, but who have every bit as much promise as you have. They just haven’t had the chance to fulfill it. It is your obligation to bring Spelman to those folks -– to bring that same presumption of value and worth, to make that same kind of sacrifice, to be as ambitious for them as Spelman has been for you,” Mrs. Obama told the crowd.
Her speech, in my opinion, was awesome and a must-read! Out of all the prepared remarks I read, these were so on point. It was something I would like for you to share with any young people you know. Let them know that the education we receive isn’t just for us, it is to be shared for the bettering of our communities and people.
Click here for the full text of the First Lady’s remarks.