Former President Barack Obama addressed a ceremony for graduates of historically black colleges and universities. Here is what he had to say

Here are Mr. Obama’s remarks in full:

Hi, everybody. Congratulations to H.B.C.U. class of 2020. Michelle and I are so proud of you.

Graduating from college is a big achievement under any circumstances. And so many of you overcame a lot to get here. You navigated challenging classes, and challenges outside the classroom. Many of you had to stretch to afford tuition. And some of you are the first in your families to reach this milestone.

So even if half of this semester was spent at Zoom University, you’ve earned this moment. You should be very proud. Everybody who supported you along the way is proud of you — parents, grandparents, professors, mentors, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, second cousins, and cousins who you aren’t even sure are cousins. Show them some gratitude today.

Now look, I know this isn’t the commencement any of you really imagined. Because while our H.B.C.U.s are mostly known for an education rooted in academic rigor, community, and higher purpose — they also know how to turn up. Nobody shines quite like a senior on the yard in springtime. Springfest at schools like Howard and Morehouse is the time when you get to strut your stuff a little bit. And I know that in normal times, rivals like Grambling and Southern, Jackson State and Tennessee State, might raise some eyebrows at sharing a graduation ceremony.

But these aren’t normal times. You’re being asked to find your way in the world in the middle of a devastating pandemic and terrible recession. The timing is not ideal. And let’s be honest — a disease like this just spotlights the underlying inequalities and extra burdens that black communities have historically had to deal with in this country. We see it in the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on our communities, just as we see it when a black man goes for a jog, and some folks feel like they can stop and question and shoot him if he doesn’t submit to their questioning.

Injustice like this isn’t new. What is new is that so much of your generation has woken up to the fact that the status quo needs fixing; that the old ways of doing things don’t work; that it doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick; and that our society and democracy only works when we think not just about ourselves, but about each other.

More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.

If the world’s going to get better, it’s going to be up to you. With everything suddenly feeling like up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative. Nobody can tell you anymore that you should be waiting your turn. Nobody can tell you anymore “this is how it’s always been done.” More than ever, this is your moment — your generation’s world to shape.

In taking on this responsibility, I hope you are bold. I hope you have a vision that isn’t clouded by cynicism or fear. As young African Americans, you’ve been exposed, earlier than some, to the world as it is. But as young H.B.C.U. grads, your education has also shown you the world as it ought to be.

Many of you could have attended any school in this country. But you chose an H.B.CU. — specifically because it would help you sow seeds of change. You chose to follow in the fearless footsteps of people who shook the system to its core — civil rights icons like Thurgood Marshall and Dr. King, storytellers like Toni Morrison and Spike Lee. You chose to study medicine at Meharry, and engineering at NC A&T, because you want to lead and serve.

And I’m here to tell you that you made a good choice. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve got more road maps, more role models, and more resources than the civil rights generation did. You’ve got more tools, technology, and talents than my generation did. No generation has been better positioned to be warriors for justice and remake the world.

Now, I’m not going to tell you what to do with all that power that’s in your hands. Many of you are already using it so well to create change. But let me offer three pieces of advice as you continue on your journey.

First, make sure you ground yourself in actual communities with real people — working at the grass-roots level. The fight for equality and justice begins with awareness, empathy, passion, even righteous anger. Don’t just activate yourself online. Change requires strategy, action, organizing, marching, and voting in the real world like never before. No one is better positioned than this class of graduates to take that activism to the next level. And from tackling health disparities to fighting for criminal justice and voting rights, so many of you are already doing this. Keep on going.

Second, you can’t do it alone. Meaningful change requires allies in common cause. As African Americans, we are particularly attuned to injustice, inequality, and struggle. But that also should make us more alive to the experiences of others who’ve been left out and discriminated against.

So rather than say what’s in it for me or what’s in it for my community and to heck with everyone else, stand up for and join up with everyone who’s struggling — whether immigrants, refugees, the rural poor, the L.G.B.T.Q. community, low-income workers of every background, women who so often are subject to their own discrimination and burdens and not getting equal pay for equal work; look out for folks whether they are white or black or Asian or Latino or Native American. As Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

And on the big unfinished goals in this country, like economic and environmental justice and health care for everybody, broad majorities agree on the ends. That’s why folks with power will keep trying to divide you over the means. Because that’s how nothing changes. You get a system that looks out for the rich and powerful and nobody else. So expand your moral imaginations, build bridges, and grow your allies in the process of bringing about a better world.

And finally, as H.B.C.U. graduates, you have to remember that you are inheritors of one of America’s proudest traditions. Which means you’re all role models now — whether you like it or not. Your participation in this democracy, your courage to stand up for what’s right, your willingness to forge coalitions — these actions will speak volumes. And if you are inactive, that will also speak volumes. Not just to the young folks coming up behind you — but to your parents, your peers, and the rest of the country. They need to see your leadership — you’re the folks we’ve been waiting for to come along.

That’s the power you hold. The power to shine brightly for justice, for equality, and for joy. You’ve earned your degree. And it’s up to you to use it. So many of us believe in you. I’m so proud of you. And as you set out to change the world, we’ll be the wind at your back.

Congratulations Class of 2020, and God bless you all.

speech-transcript.html" target="_blank"">Read More Here

Views: 14

Comment

You need to be a member of The Oracle to add comments!

Join The Oracle

The Oracle Magazine is a Hip-Hop magazine and Social Community with industry news, music, videos, photos, Health Tips,discussions and more!

Please Contact Us At

                  Call or Text: 424-644-9089
             Email: Theoraclemag@gmail.com

Daily Devotional

Latest Activity

Prince Malachi The First's 6 blog posts were featured
7 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
7 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First's video was featured

NEW Christian Rap | Mars Era - Life on Mars (Christian Music Video)[Christian Hip Hop]

Stream Life On Mars on All Streaming Platforms Follow Mars Era Instagram | @mars88era Facebook | @mars88era Twitter | @mars88era TikTok | @mars88era YouTube ...
8 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First posted a video

NEW Christian Rap | Mars Era - Life on Mars (Christian Music Video)[Christian Hip Hop]

Stream Life On Mars on All Streaming Platforms Follow Mars Era Instagram | @mars88era Facebook | @mars88era Twitter | @mars88era TikTok | @mars88era YouTube ...
8 hours ago
Prince Malachi The First's 7 blog posts were featured
yesterday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
yesterday
Prince Malachi The First's video was featured
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First posted a video

(Blackout Tuesday ) kingdom Muzic

Bryann Trejo praying for healing in the name of Jesus
Wednesday
Prince Malachi The First's 2 blog posts were featured
Tuesday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
Tuesday
Prince Malachi The First's blog post was featured

The Week In Rap: Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Twitter Apologizes for Trump’s Tweets

It's Weekly digest time, folks! Here's what's good at The Oracle.We're looking for loyal, dedicated team members so get in touch if you're interested.Don't forget to invite friends, colleagues and clients to the site - it's all about sharing!video of the weekKiller Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters "I have nothing Positive to say" see all our videos here.Best of the week's blogs…See More
Monday
Prince Malachi The First posted a blog post

The Week In Rap: Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Killer Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters , Twitter Apologizes for Trump’s Tweets

It's Weekly digest time, folks! Here's what's good at The Oracle.We're looking for loyal, dedicated team members so get in touch if you're interested.Don't forget to invite friends, colleagues and clients to the site - it's all about sharing!video of the weekKiller Mike almost in tears, goes after CNN and the ATL protesters "I have nothing Positive to say" see all our videos here.Best of the week's blogs…See More
Monday
Saif Uddin is now a member of The Oracle
Monday
Prince Malachi The First's blog post was featured

You Should Cook This Tonight! Takeout Style Kung Pao Chicken

Basic ingredientsSubstitutionsDark Soy Sauce — adds beautiful caramel color and flavor to the sauce! Substitute with a mixture of regular soy sauce, molasses, and waterChinese black vinegar — a good quality balsamic vinegar can be used instead.Chinese wine (Shaoxing) — to substitute with dry sherry, gin, rice wine vinegar, apple cider vinegarSweet peppers- With celery, sliced carrots and/or zucchiniSzechuan peppercorns - not easy to replace the unique heat and flavor of these peppercorns but many have used a combination of freshly ground black pepper and freshly ground coriander seeds.Chinese dried red chili’s - Thai red chilies or dried chili flakes RecipeServes 4-6 Ingredients:For the quick marinade1½ lb of boneless/skinless chicken thighs cut into small cubes1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or dry sherry1 tablespoon light soy sauce2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon cornstarch / cornflourFor the sauce½ cup of chicken…See More
Sunday
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
Sunday
Prince Malachi The First's 5 blog posts were featured
May 30
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
May 30
Prince Malachi The First's 6 blog posts were featured
May 28
Prince Malachi The First posted blog posts
May 28
Prince Malachi The First's video was featured

NEW Christian Rap | Brian Todd - "I Need You" ft. Mo Grant & Arize (Christian Rap Music Video)

This song is featured on Brian Todd's New Album "Psalms 23" dropping June 26th 2020. Brian Todd's new album "Oil In My Lamp" is out now on all digital platfo...
May 28

Look for THE ORACLE On Facebook and Twitter!

Events

© 2020   Created by Prince Malachi The First.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service