In Michelle Obama’s final speech as the First Lady, she reached out to the immigrants and Muslims who have been worried about the President-elect Donald Trump.
“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story — because you do,” she said in Friday’s speech. “Know that this country belongs to you, to all of you. From every background and walk of life. If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition … that has made us the greatest country on Earth.”
She insisted that religious diversity is “not a threat to who we are. It makes us who we are.”
“Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh … I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride,” the first lady said.
She was obviously emotional as she urged them to use their education to help move the country in the right direction.
“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered,” she said, her voice shaking. “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.”
“No matter where they’re from, no matter how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like, or who they love or how they worship, or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country,” she said.