Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a commencement speech at the City College of New York. During the speech, she explains why education is so important in opening up opportunities for young people of color. She also reflects on what it means to be a Black family in a “house built by slaves.”

She says:

“It’s the story that I witness every single day. When I wake up in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful Black young women, head off to school, waving goodbye to their father – the President of the United States. The son, of a man from Kenya who came here to America for the same reasons as many of you, to get an education and improve his prospects in life.”

Watch a clip of the speech below:

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