President Barack Obama addressed the crowd at the NAACP’s 100th anniversary convention on Thursday in New York and gave an inspiring speech recognizing and giving praise to the civil rights movement and its pioneers who made it possible for him to become President of the United States.
“Because of them I stand here tonight, on the shoulders of giant, the President said. “And I’m here to say thank you to those pioneers and thank you to the NAACP.”
Obama went on to say, “we’ve got to say to our children, yes, if you’re African American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher. Yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that someone in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. That’s not a reason to get bad grades, that’s not a reason to cut class, that’s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school,” he said. “No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands – and don’t you forget that.”
“No excuses. No excuses,” the President stressed. “You get that education. All those hardships will just make you stronger, better able to compete. Yes, we can.”