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First Lady Michelle Obama spoke passionately about the importance of education to the African-American community in a commencement address Friday, urging more than 600 graduates of Bowie State University to honor the school’shistory and to pass their commitment to education on to future generations.

In her 15-minute address, the first lady touched on the university’s founding in 1865 to train black teachers; the difficulties confronted by black students after emancipation from slavery and during the civil rights movement; and the sacrifices made by her own parents, who were not college graduates.

Mrs. Obama called out African American youth for not challenging themselves to excel in school while instead fantasizing about being a “baller or a rapper.”

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article courtesy of Joy105.com

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