Grammy-winner Beyoncé and Forever First Lady Michelle Obama delivered inspiring and timely commencement speeches for YouTube’s Virtual Graduation.
Beyoncé and Obama addressed both the global pandemic and the racial one during their messages.
Beyoncé mentioned the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery while Obama focused on the system overall.
The Emmy-nominated artist urged overlooked onlookers to create their own spaces.
“If you’re apart of a group that’s called other. A group that does not get to be center stage. Build your own stage and make them see you.”
She also reminded viewers that all of their differences and intersections are beautiful.
“Your queerness is beautiful,” she added. “Your blackness is beautiful. Your compassion, your understanding, your fight for people who may be different from you is beautiful. I hope you continue to go into the world and show them that you will never stop being yourself. That it’s your time now.”
See Beyoncé’s commencement speech below:
Obama suggested viewers get involved in the process of change. She cautioned to not let anyone stop you from speaking.
“So, don’t ever, ever let anyone tell you that you’re too angry, or that you “should keep your mouth shut.”
See Obama’s commencement speech below:
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