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Michelle Obama Honors Brown v. Board of Education in Topeka

Sat, 17 May 2014 15:33:48 +0000

The White House(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling against school segregation, and on Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama went to Topeka, Kansas, where the case originated.

Speaking to high school graduates, Michelle Obama called on those who've grown up around diversity to lead a national fight against discrimination.

"The truth is that Brown v. Board of Ed isn't just about our history, it's about our future because while that case was handed down 60 years ago, Brown is still being decided every single day," Mrs. Obama said. "It is clear that some of the most important parts of your education have come not just from your classes but from your classmates and ultimately that was the hope and dream of Brown."

The first lady added that the new high school graduates "all are the living breathing legacy of this case."

Mrs. Obama had to honor the graduates Friday, after complaints the previous plan to have her speak at Saturday's high school graduation would limit family seating.


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