Michelle Obama in tears as she delivers final speech

Michelle Obama in tears as she delivers final speech
Michelle Obama delivered her final speech as first lady on Friday, tearing up as she urged young Americans to always “lead by example with hope, never fear.”

Diversity “makes us who we are,” Obama said at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event in the East Room of the White House, where she hosted 50 school counselors and a slew of stars. “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story. You do.”

“So, that’s my final message to young people as First Lady,” she continued. “It’s simple. I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. Do you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education.”

Obama held Friday’s event as part of her Reach Higher and Better Make Room initiatives that promote the importance of pursuing higher education.

The first lady also acknowledged some big stars in the crowd, including Usher, La La Anthony, Connie Britton, Andy Cohen, Jay Pharoah, rapper Wale and Kelly Rowland.

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