First Lady Michelle Obama wants you to speak words of motivation to your baby cousin so he / she aspires to be more than a struggle rap artist on Dat Piff with only 12 streams post college life.
During her commencement address at Bowie State University on Friday, she encouraged graduates to lead the charge so more young African Americans follow in their footsteps and focus on education.
“Today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of ‘separate but equal,’ when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours, playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper. Right now, one in three African American students are dropping out of high school, only one in five African Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 has gotten a college degree.” | New York Daily News
She also challenged graduates to “be an example of excellence to the next generation” and ”reject the slander that a black child with a book is trying to act white.” Watch her commencement address below the jump.