On Friday, two weeks ahead of president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, an emotional Michelle Obama offered words of wisdom for our nation's younger generation and thanked the country for its many years of support.
Obama, flanked by educators as she spoke, took the opportunity to encourage young people to seek out an education as a tool to realize their ambitions. She also acknowledged that she and President Barack Obama often attribute their success to the education they received earlier in life.
"I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong," Obama said in the speech. "So don't be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life."
CNN reports that Obama delivered her final address at the Reach Higher & Counselor of the Year event, a ceremony held to honor school counselors that is part of her program to promote higher education. Toward the end of her remarks, Obama's voice broke and her eyes filled with tears as she thanked the educators in attendance for their service to the children of our country.
"Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I have made you proud," she said.
See a clip of her emotional statement below:
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