Here is an inspiring talk from Michelle Obama as she speaks to the sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She talks about higher education, and gives the students a glimpse into how important education is to their future. This 17 minute speech was given in 2013, but is still relevant to students today.
Here’s the link (in case the embedded video doesn’t open) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AY6h804boFs
As we reflect on the words of First Lady Michelle Obama, it is also important to point out her story. She was born and raised in the Southside of Chicago where her father worked as a city water plant employee. Her father’s multiple sclerosis had an effect on her growing up and she was determined to be a good student. After high school she applied and was accepted to Princeton, even after getting the advice that she was “setting her sites too high.” She graduated cum laude, and went on to Harvard Law School. She met Barack Obama, who was one of just a few African Americans at the law firm they worked at. Today she continues to be active with charities and has stayed politically active (although she has dismissed the idea of running for President).
As we celebrate Black History Month all February, I wanted to highlight Michelle Obama as someone to look up to. It is great to recognize and appreciate her hard work, determination, and strength.
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