Speaking at the historically black all-male college in Georgia’s capital, Obama struck a deeply personal tone, touching on race and the hardships that plagued so many of the graduates’ ancestors. And while he commended the students on their accomplishments, he urged them to use their diplomas “for something larger than yourself.”
In his address, the president invoked the memory of civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., himself a graduate of the college.
“There are some things, as black men, we can only do for ourselves,” Obama told about 500 graduates seated before him in a small quad on the school’s campus on a rainy day, as thunder rumbled in the distance. “There are some things, as Morehouse Men, that you are obliged to do for those still left behind.
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