First lady Michelle Obama gave a commencement speech at Tuskegee University’s graduation ceremony Saturday in which she discussed the school’s importance in African American history and how to overcome challenges, including racism, in America today.
Tuskegee University, in Alabama, is the first stop in a series of graduation ceremonies Mrs. Obama will be speaking at this year as part of her Reach Higher initiative, including Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, Ill..
Tuskegee has a reputation as one of America’s top historically black universities. Throughout Saturday’s speech Obama referenced the history of the school. She described the humiliation that the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots of World War II, endured, and she told the story of the school’s first students making bricks by hand when they received no funding for construction. READ MORE.