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President Barack Obama delivered a commencement address to the graduating class of 2011 at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. In this captivating keynote speech, President Barack Obama speaks of education, dedication and overcoming adversity. Barack Obama spoke at the high school’s 2011 commencement ceremony as a reward for winning the 2011 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, a $4.3 billion contest put on by the United States Department of Education.
Drawing on stories from his and Michelle’s life as well as that of Booker T. Washington’s, President Barack Obama delivers powerful words to the graduates on the importance of education and his pride in them for surpassing the stereotypes and expectations of those who doubted their potential to succeed.