Harvard grad's inspiring spoken-word poem goes viral
Donovan Livingston, who received his master's degree in education, addressed his classmates Wednesday with a five-minute spoken-word poem "Lift Off."
Cambridge, Mass. — Social media is buzzing over a Harvard graduate's poetic commencement speech, which has garnered millions of views and the attention of celebrities.
Donovan Livingston, who received his master's degree in education, addressed his classmates Wednesday with a five-minute spoken-word poem "Lift Off" in which he outlines the historic obstacles that have prevented African-Americans from getting an education.
The speech begins with a quote by education reformer Horace Mann ...
“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin,
Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men.” – Horace Mann, 1848
Livingston also references influential African-Americans including poet Langston Hughes and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education posted the text and a video of Livingston's speech on Facebook, saying it was "One of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"
More than 8 million have viewed the video, including superstar Justin Timberlake, who shared it on Facebook, adding the caption: "You don't feel inspired?? Here you go."