Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The President Came to Memphis

Yesterday, the President of the United States came to Memphis, TN. He wasn't here to talk about budget deficits, the war on terrorism, or whether or not he plans to run again in 2012. He came to give the commencement speech at Booker T. Washington High School's graduation. BTW won a contest called "Race to the Top." Their improved test scores and graduation rates,  along with a video they submitted led to 44 giving their commencement speech. See their finalist video here.

My favorite part of the graduation ceremony was when one of the graduates, Christopher Dean, took the podium to introduce President Obama. You can see his speech introducing the President here.

The President's speech was full of promise and hope for children graduating from a high school located in one of the poorest and roughest zip codes not only in Tennessee, but the entire country--38126. (His speech here.)

Also, see the Valedictorian, Alexis Wilson's, speech here. Salutatorian, Vashti Taylor's, speech can be found here.

The President was only here for about 3 hours and 45 minutes; however, no matter Republican or Democrat, this was an exciting moment for the city of Memphis.


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