As the Obama family counts their last days in the White House, Michelle Obama couldn’t leave without giving us an unforgettable speech.
She gave her last speech as the First Lady of the United States at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event at the White House on Friday.
Ever since Michelle Obama became FLOTUS, she has prioritized education.
No one should be deprived of an education based on financial standing, race, or sex.
Obama acted on this by starting the Reach Higher Initiative, their mission statement reads,
“The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.”
At the event, Obama acknowledged the effort of everyone involved with the Reach Higher initiative. She hailed the initiative as a massive success and expressed her intention to continue the working for equal education after she leaves office.
“When we first came up with this idea, we had one clear goal in mind,” Obama said. “We wanted to make higher education cool.”
The current success points to the initiative thriving even more in the future.
The First Lady is excited to see the progress continue to grow as more people become aware. Michelle Obama never fails to give us hope for our country even as she leaves.
Her words, always full of inspiration, were typically eloquent last night,
“As I end my time in the White House, I can think of no better message to send our young people,” “For all the young people in this room and that are watching, know that this country belongs to you, to all of you. If you or your parents are immigrants, you are part of a proud American tradition.”
President Elect Trump waiting in the wings, there is no doubt that many minorities have shied away from certain activities out of fear of retribution.
As in most of her speeches, she reiterates the importance of diversity, another issue that she is passionate about. On diversity,
“It makes us who we are,” she said. “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story. You do.”
Obama ended her speech,
“So, that’s my final message to young people as First Lady. It’s simple. I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. Do you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education.”
We’re going to miss Michelle Obama’s eloquence and her never-ending passion to fight on behalf of young girls all over the world.
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