It’s that time of year again! Graduation at any level is such an incredible achievement. I love attending commencement ceremonies for the hope and pride in the air. The Commencement Address is without a doubt the part most of us look forward to. As graduates we look forward to the announcement of who will deliver said address. Sometimes we’re met with disappointment, but any of the following 5 black women would be well received. Here are 5 powerful Commencement Addresses by black women:
1. Melissa Harris-Perry, Wellesley College, 2012
In a world that teaches women to be thin, be thick.
Thick is the only thing worth being. When you are thick you unconditionally embrace the object of your attention. Thick women make fools of themselves all the time, because thin women stand on the sidelines; they’re critical; they’re removed; they’re barely committed. Thick people pitch tents in a park with the belief that social action can change an entire international global system of economic injustice.