Harvard Graduation Speech Called ‘The Most Powerful’ EVER [FULL SPEECH]



Donovan Livingston, a master’s candidate at Harvard University, was selected to speak at the school’s convocation Wednesday. After he performed his poem …

31 thoughts on “Harvard Graduation Speech Called ‘The Most Powerful’ EVER [FULL SPEECH]

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    The 137 people who gave thumbs down are either racist or imbecels. God bless them. Powerful poem!

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    I really don't like to type anything in the comment section, but rather just read. It really is a waste of time but maybe my voice can alleviate the pain from the strong racial hate. To all the people who have been PRIVELEGED enough to understand where he is coming from remember there are some not as privileged. Some have a hard time interpreting Mr. Livingston. We are trying to find the right interpretation. The poem begins with him quoting Horace Mann a guy who advocated for public education/free education in the 1850's and sought to reform the education system. That's great but can we say that the history we learned is made from multiple point of views being how diverse America is.  When was slavery first taught in classes in the US(Was it after the coast was clear?) How do you think Native Americans felt learning about thanksgiving?  Did you know Italians were hanged by the Irish when they first came to America just like white people hanged blacks?  Did you know Irish were not allowed jobs cause of their accents and facial features?(No Irish need apply!)  Donovan Livingston speaks of chains and plantations/jail like schools.  Is he talking about black people? Well duh but he is also referring to the people of color as in the people who were not the  first colonizers of America.  Many of different and diverse cultural backgrounds forced to assimilate into a system of whiteness(not skin color but policy/ideology) in order to live in America. The system,(read book:Lord of the flies) which I am affected by as well, is basically a way of renewable energy. The energy is hate. Anything that affects/disrupts those benefiting from the system is met with backlash/punishment. Mr. Livingston is using this idea as a metaphor to the education system. He means  too often the system neglects the children that don't meet the marks of the standardized tests. Disregards the children that are not as privileged either physically, or economically. Donovan Livingston says " Education is not the equalizer but rather it is the sleep that perceives the American dream. So wake up, wake up, lift your voice till you patch every hole in a child's broken sky."  

    Honestly anything that refers to history other than the mainstream history used in a stage of PRESTIGE like he was is in is going to be met with discourse. Was it last year since this has been around? nope. This has been going on for EVERYONE who was ever at the bottom of the social ladder for a while now. I think they should of had Emma Watson speak on his behalf that way we can see it through her eyes. She would've definitely been the best advocator…(love her btw)

    Not replying!

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    anyone saying something similar to "this is what white people are afraid of" are at equal fault for the divirsion of humans as the racist white population.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    why are white people scared of a speech?GOOD FOR HIM,not every non white person is dumb or a trouble maker you no. this black/white shit needs to come to an end.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    Get over it… the Irish were persecuted, the jews were persecuted, many peoples have been persecuted but only one peoples continue to constantly feel hard done by!!! Bored to death of it

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    My English teacher showed this speech to the whole class as an example for the speech we would do the next week. She told us that this speech was what kept her going as a teacher and made her remember her purpose. And I can tell you she was not the one to be easily amazed. Wonderful speech.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    If only we could have voted this man for president.  Donald, if you see this, on my hands and knees, begging you to run for president when you can.  Bless you!

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    He would be a great teacher! People like him will inspire the next generation to reach the stars and let their light come out in the classroom. A very well written and spoken speech. He is so charismatic!

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    harvard sucks. charging non residents of MA admission fee to its
    stupid museums? really? this school spells greed after you inspect
    its endowment.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    What utterly meaningless babble.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    "I've been the black whole in a classroom for far too long, absorbing everything without allowing my light to escape… " SO MOVING!!!

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    This was so powerful. I felt really inspired and amped up, until I just had to read the comments. It's ridiculous how many ignorant, cowards there are.

  • March 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    Is there a transcript of this poem? If not, could someone transcribe it

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