US President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during a ceremony at Morehouse College on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN
ATLANTA, Ga. -- History was written at the Morehouse College commencement ceremony on Sunday morning.
The first African-American president, Barack Obama addressed graduates at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s alma mater.
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But it's what was in his message that has many people around the country talking and thinking. In his address, President Obama was direct and blunt to the, largely, African-American group men.
"We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made a few bad choices myself. Sometimes, I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down," the President told the group.
Perhaps, making one of the most powerful speeches speaking directly to not only the graduating class here at the all black male college. But to black men across the country.
"I had the tendencies sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. Well, one of the things that you have learned over the last four years is there's no longer any room for excuses," Obama said.
It was a message that was welcomed by the men of Morehouse.