Michelle Obama: We know that today in America, too many folks are still stopped on the street because of the color of their skin or, they're made to feel unwelcome because of where they come from, or they're bullied because of who they love. So, graduates, the truth is that Brown versus 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, not just in our courts and schools, but in how we live our lives [Applause].
Now, our laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom or live together in the same neighborhood. There is no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny. So, the answers to many of our challenges today can't necessarily be found in our laws. These changes also need to take place in our hearts and in our minds [Applause].
And so, graduates, it's up to all of you to lead the way, to drag my generation and your grandparents' generation along with you and that's really my challenge to all of you today. As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they've only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they've never heard any other viewpoints, it's up to you to help them see things differently.
The good news is that you probably won't have to bring a lawsuit or go all the way to the Supreme Court to do that. You all can make a difference every day in your own lives, simply by teaching others the lessons you've learned here in Topeka.There may be small errors in this transcript.