Barack Obama’s Morehouse Commencement Speech: We Need Black Businesses Out There (VIDEO)

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Fatimah Mazhar
During the 129th commencement exercises at Morehouse College on Sunday, Obama delivered his commencement address urging the graduates to set inspirational examples as black men and try to help improve the lives of other people.

During the 129th commencement exercises at Morehouse College on Sunday, Obama delivered his commencement address urging the graduates to set inspirational examples as black men and try to help improve the lives of other people.

The history we share should give you hope. The future we share should give you hope. You are graduating in an improving job market. You are living in a time where technology put the world on your fingertips. Your generation is uniquely poised for success unlike any generation of African Americans that came before. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have work. Because if we are honest with ourselves we know that too few of our brothers had the opportunity that you have had here at Morehouse.”

He further said, “We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices," he said. "Growing up, I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years, is there's no longer any room for excuses.”

President Barack Obama encouraged the graduates to not only work for the rich and powerful once they entered their professional lives, but also motivated them to work for the powerless.

Sure, go get your MBA, or start that business.  We need black businesses out there.  But ask yourselves what broader purpose your business might serve, in putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood.”

You can watch Obama’s commencement speech in the video above.

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