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Obama to Howard Grads: “Be Confident in Your Blackness”

By Staff

 

US President Barack Obama speaks during the commencement ceremony for Howard University in Washington, DC, May 7, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

On Saturday, May 7, President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Howard University, perhaps the most famous historically black college in the country. President Obama urged the graduates to “be confident in your blackness.”

President Obama was also presented with an honorary doctorate of law degree by Vernon Jordan, a civil rights leader who serves on Howard’s Board of Trustees.

The president’s speech ranged from the lighthearted to the serious, causing the audience to break out into spontaneous laughter and applause throughout the 45-minute address.

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