Harvard graduate’s speech on equality in education inspires America and the world


POWERFUL ADDRESS: Donovan Livingston

A GRADUATE from Harvard has been praised by the likes of presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton and Justin Timberlake for delivering a powerful speech outlining the historic obstacles that have prevented African-Americans from getting an education, which has since gone viral.

Donovan Livingston, who received his master’s degree in education, addressed his fellow classmates and faculty last week with spoken word.

The speech, which has now been viewed over eight million times, begins with a quote by education reformer Horace Mann and references influential African-Americans including poet Langston Hughes and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Many have even hailed it as the greatest graduation speech ever.

The likes of Justin Timberlake and Hillary Clinton have even shared his heartfelt rendition of his own artistry

Those lucky enough to hear the speech live, including Harvard professors, greeted Donovan’s poem with a standing ovation.

In his five minute address, he says: “Together, we can inspire galaxies of greatness. For generations to come. No, sky is not the limit. It is only the beginning.”

The Harvard Graduate School of Education posted a video of Livingston’s speech on Facebook, saying it was “One of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!”


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