President Barack Obama returned to Atlanta on Sunday to deliver the 2013 commencement speech at Morehouse College. It was a historic event that saw the nation’s first black president addressing the nation’s only college for African-American men.
“Go get that law degree. But if you do, ask yourself if the only option is to defend the rich and powerful, or if you can also find time to defend the powerless,” Obama declared. “Sure, go get your MBA, or start that business, we need black businesses out there. But ask yourself what broader purpose your business might serve, in putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood.”
Despite rain that was heavy at times, thousands turned out to hear President Obama speak.
“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 Obama at the 2013 Morehouse College Commencement