Yesterday, President Obama spoke at the NAACP’s centennial convention and once again left the audience with a stirring message. His speech was riddled with the gratitude of perseverance and strength of the civil rights activists that paved the way for him to be here. He also reminded those in attendance of his humble beginnings and having a strong mother as his formula for success. In other words, he didn’t have all the bling to get him where he is today.
His message was clear that we have no excuses to move forward in our lives as he told the mostly black audience those things he learned from the teachings of W.E.B. DuBois and Thurgood Marshall. The President went on to say that our “fate ” is our own. Nothing was more poignant in his speech than his reminder that “We have to say to our children, `Yes, if you’re African-American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher…”But that’s not a reason to get bad grades, that’s not a reason to cut class, that’s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school,” he said. “No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands and don’t you forget that.”
You can see the full speech here: