"I understand there’s a common fraternity creed here: “Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” Well, we’ve got no time for excuses. Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they have not. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there. Nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned.
Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination. And moreover, you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured -- and they overcame them. And if they overcame them, you can overcome them, too.
You now hail from a lineage and legacy of immeasurably strong men -- men who bore tremendous burdens and still laid the stones for the path on which we now walk. You wear the mantle of #FrederickDouglass and #BookerTWashington , and #RalphBunche and #LangstonHughes , and #GeorgeWashingtonCarver and #RalphAbernathy and #ThurgoodMarshall , and, yes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These men were many things to many people. And they knew full well the role that racism played in their lives. But when it came to their own accomplishments and sense of purpose, they had no time for excuses." @barackobama #WeNeedMoreThinkers #IntellectualWarrior #MLK #MorehouseCollege #NoExcuses
My ancestors survived slavery this life here is light work. #KeepGoing #Thannful - 5 seconds ago