October 27, 2020

Michelle Obama to 2020 graduates: ‘Finish the work the generations before you have started’

By Rachel Kraus

Michelle Obama to 2020 graduates: 'Finish the work the generations before you have started'

The Class of 2020 didn’t get to walk across a stage in 2020 graduation ceremonies thanks to social distancing. Instead, the world’s young people were sheltering in place — or else out in the world protesting for racial justice.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the extraordinary dual circumstances of a pandemic and widespread Black Lives Matter demonstrations facing the Class of 2020. Her commencement address was part of a YouTube Originals livestream on Sunday, which featured multiple public figures and celebrities in an event called Dear Class of 2020.

Obama did not mince words about how challenging the world looks right now, and some of the stark realities facing America. Her advice to graduates, however, was forward-looking, speaking to the class as a generation of young people with the anger and spirit to change the world for the better. …

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