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Harvard graduate's unique speech goes viral

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Harvard University has called 2016 graduate Donovan Livingston's spoken-verse commencement speech "one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"
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Cath Hall (21 hours ago)
Wow God Bless the Woman that had this amazing young man! Fuck he has certainly expanded my faith in the youth.Xxx
Kim Larson (23 hours ago)
I like people like this that has the knowledge and common sense to not sit back and accept it but to lift his head high and fight it in the most appropriate and law abiding way! You are a blessed and true person in my eyes like you are in God's eyes!
gary mcdermott (1 day ago)
another racist, affirmative action , P.C. given everything free @ a complete netwit fool !!!!!!
Shawn Brian Alcantara (2 days ago)
This Guy has officially Lit Up The World - Even a Guy out here in Guam smart enough to realize this was Absolutely Immaculate
MISS PROFESSIONAL (3 days ago)
HEY HIT ME UP
MISS PROFESSIONAL (3 days ago)
I WOULD LOVE TO PART OF HIS MOVEMENT BLACK AMERICA
Charles Warren (3 days ago)
A strong back is a terrible thing to waste.
Angeltina W (3 days ago)
Beautiful
sonya cherrypop (7 days ago)
He is Great!
Egi Nugraha (9 days ago)
2018??
Kally954569 (10 days ago)
Black privilege. Yawn.
starchild (10 days ago)
this guy is HIGH on adderall you can tell
Sunita Dwarka (11 days ago)
Long live. Love you and bless you .We need you to inspire all youngsters.I will pray for you. Namh shivay.
Anonymous Hicks (11 days ago)
Beautiful!.......but CNN is garbage!
Evangeline Burgonio (12 days ago)
Wow! Inspiring speech, indeed! Congratulations! 👏👏👏🌹☺👍
mdhbh (12 days ago)
he preaches like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. He also speaks like a poet. An educated young man with an extensive vocabulary and intellect.
Immael Riechie (14 days ago)
Amazing and superb choice of words...well delivered
Mo 1 (15 days ago)
Jesus Christ is good and he may bless all of you. 🙏🏽😊
elvira walker (16 days ago)
I see a Black man who is intelligent and sensitive. Most trump trolls will not be able to understand him. Too deep for small minds.
ART MCPHARLIN (18 days ago)
Sounds like a Black minister.
Daily Dose of Hope (18 days ago)
I will not be tired of watching this. It's really great
ambeseat (19 days ago)
Thanks for one of the most inspiring speeches.
SonnyHeatGames (20 days ago)
*BARS*
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen (20 days ago)
Brilliant.
Moses Baleke (21 days ago)
Such a nice freestyle
bryle Gal (21 days ago)
This guys amazing. ... I got goosebumps when i was listening
Marton Steve (21 days ago)
ME2 FUCK YOU CNN
Mac Ron (21 days ago)
neat.
Waleedz 33 (21 days ago)
Amazing
David James (21 days ago)
CNN = Fake News!
spelunkerd (22 days ago)
Education is one of the few pathways out of poverty, one of the few pathways one can change their social class. I find it so sad, the cost for tuition is dramatically higher now than in my generation 30 years ago. Higher education should be really hard but merit based, as it was in the past.
tonia garcia (22 days ago)
Beautiful
Daniel Embree (22 days ago)
Booooring
Norma Smith (22 days ago)
EDUCATION ---AUTO-DIDACTICALLY OR IN SCHOOLS, EQUALS TOTAL FREEDOM --- OBAMA SHOULD HAVE LEARNED, AN EDUCATED MIND USES REASON AND LISTENS TO HIS CONSCIENCE. THE EDUCATED MIND DOES NOT THROW OPINIONS BASED ON FEELINGS ONLY. "I ONLY KNOW I KNOW NOTHING" REMEMBER THAT, IF YOU HAVE BRAIN!
lottsalasagna (22 days ago)
LOL ...please
Christopher Davis (23 days ago)
top notch.
GirlzLab (23 days ago)
CNN is fake, very FAKE, so not interested, sorry
Wendy A. Tai (23 days ago)
don't even have to hear to know it's as racist as he is. GET OFF THE DEMOCRAT PLANTATION and you can stop singing your woe is me song.
Dan Kelly (24 days ago)
Wow.. This guy could be America,s first black president !!
ronny raygunz (24 days ago)
This dude talkin bout chains and injustice, whilst graduating from harvard! I never had a prayer of going to harvard. That being said, some beautiful poetry. Some people get to go to college for free, and with lower test scores. That's reality. And that's all well and good, but at least show gratitude for your opportunity, and don't pretend to be held down
Isobel Cheyne (24 days ago)
Incredible all students should hear this.
felion robinson (26 days ago)
Great speech but education being taught by the white system is not an equalizer
C Clark (11 days ago)
I agree! Education isn’t a equalizer... Ownership is! Start your own businesses black people! Control your own wealth and communities!
Mickey D (27 days ago)
We know who the thumbs down are from--white trash bigots that can't fight their feelings of inferiority to this intelligent young black man. They long for the days of their grandparents, when even the most educated African-Americans had to keep their heads down when facing even the most ignorant, illiterate white person. Trump's base felt empowered as he gave them hope that they could bring back that shameful time in US history.
Deborah Whittington (27 days ago)
Amazing, inspiring, exploding beyond the limitations of our unjust society and specious, hateful government -- bravo! Bravo! I've often said that I believe in our young people. They're going to rock this world! Here's just one reason why -- teachers shape the future!
jdu127 Channel (27 days ago)
What's with the dislikes?? Crazy people
Ricardo Velchi (27 days ago)
Wow he can rap
Subsme (27 days ago)
Harvard mah sabeb
Susquehanna80 (28 days ago)
Pro-Black, anti-Trump crap
still workin (28 days ago)
Tear it up young Man ,
Marlena Forbes-Reidy (28 days ago)
Amazing intelligent young man - you have a great future ahead of you for the future generations to come stay true to yourself - bless you
William Kaufman (28 days ago)
Brilliant!
Retired Project (28 days ago)
Rise of the planet of the apes ???
Samantha Higgins (29 days ago)
Your speech brought me tears, gave me chills. You got me saying Amen and Hallelujah! I’m speechless and inspired. You are greatness and greatness lies ahead.
Shermta F (29 days ago)
I love poetry ❤️
Lenvil Ballonico (29 days ago)
Im watching u right here in manila
Lenvil Ballonico (29 days ago)
Intellegent guy
John Morrissey (1 month ago)
83 years after the time frame & events of the movie, The Great Debaters, Mr. Livingston stands proud and very articulate as he gives the 2016 commencement speech at Harvard University. Much to be proud of....much.
CLAUDIA METCALFE (1 month ago)
Amazing!
Kelly Moore (1 month ago)
WOW!!!That was POWERFUL, INSPIRING and AWESOME! #SALUTEYOUNGMAN
Raina Jackson (1 month ago)
Blessed!!!!!!!
Allison King (1 month ago)
Wow! Powerful.
Ms. 8of11 (1 month ago)
definitely touched my soul ~ POWERFUL!
Gertrude Buck (1 month ago)
Simply Beautiful!!
Robin Rocha (1 month ago)
Well, I have goosebumps!
Nancy Ranft (1 month ago)
I really thought this a beautiful message...also a dangerous one to many. Let me explain it this way...when my plumbing breaks down, I'm gonna pay a Certified Plumber probably $100/hr to fix it & warranty it for however long. To make that kind of money (and pay the rent), you gotta go to school. Period. No amount of metaphysical stargazing however wonderful it may be, is going to get that plumber's certification that most will demand. School is required. While this message doesn't SAY schooling isn't necessary in life, it comes uncomfortably close to giving that impression!
Kenyatta Willis (1 month ago)
2018 we still listening.... may you continue to be blessed..... and a shining star Thur you're nights!
Patrice Boulanger (1 month ago)
Standing ovation for this incredible young man.
Hùng Kiệt (1 month ago)
Great speech!
Devil Hex (1 month ago)
Woah! Something good on CNN.
Dan Lyndon (1 month ago)
Well, that was trite, but at least it felt good to listen to.
Great Speech!!!
Obi Kenobi (1 month ago)
Just another rapper
Widad A (1 month ago)
Love it love it love it
Hammer Ham (1 month ago)
I think Jesse Lee Peterson wrote that for him.
Lali Bull (1 month ago)
I hate the fact that we need to prove over and over again that we are capable of amazing things. we do this every single day and yet each time it seems like "this is the first black person doing this" but hey, we are so proud of proving you wrong all the time. But yet it is an accomplishment because we do it despite all the racism and rocks we find on the way. SO PROUD
MARIA TERESA GONZALEZ (1 month ago)
LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE, HE IS SO HUMAN
Joel1957 (1 month ago)
What a beautiful guy.
Patrick DeSantos (1 month ago)
Great performance!!
Charles Mcfadden (1 month ago)
That is Great.I will never forget it.
Jo Martinez (1 month ago)
i got bored
Saineb Ali (1 month ago)
this is amazing wow
Pasu suel (1 month ago)
what a narcissistic idiot.
KingZulu FAM (1 month ago)
You know they told him you will not say that poem or we will blacklist you. Good Job
All Ball (1 month ago)
I hope he gets his chains cut off (eye-roll)
Ni Ni Jenks (1 month ago)
Black excellence
Andreas Abbey (1 month ago)
Bars
Ikechukwu Nwosu (1 month ago)
My take home is; "our words (spoken & unspoken) are the ladders that will take us to the stars"
NovaGN (1 month ago)
Not me though. But you guys got it.
James Tan (1 month ago)
He talks to the 10%
Will Botti (1 month ago)
a bit long. but excellent
bluerivage (1 month ago)
CNN really loves Marxism!
steven mcquade (1 month ago)
Shut the Fuck up
Ronald Upton (1 month ago)
I just hope you are not another Obama!!
bluerivage (1 month ago)
sounds like Marxism to me. sooooo....
Fred Thomas (1 month ago)
Right On!!
Janeice McNeill (1 month ago)
SOAR
Kimber B (1 month ago)
This was brilliant! God bless this voice!
Jose Atalivar (1 month ago)
Some people dislike the video because anybody can say nice things but those are just words, he remind me of Obama when nobody knew that his words were just that, words...
Liz Asa (1 month ago)
Preach, brother, PREACH!!!!!!!
Johan van Loon (1 month ago)
not again obama , talks a lot, say nothing
plan101 (1 month ago)
H e double hockey sticks

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