First lady Michelle Obama hailed the civil rights legacy of the lunch-counter protests spurred by students at North Carolina A & T State University during a commencement speech Saturday at the school.
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Obama told the story of the four students who sat at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., and demanded service, spurring a movement that spread to thousands.
"It all started because a small group of young people had their eyes open to the injustices around them," she said. "It all started because they decided, as one of the four told the newspaper on the first day of the protests, that it was 'time for someone to wake up and change the situation.' And that, more than anything else, is the story of our nation's progress right from the very beginning."
Obama encouraged the students to envision not just what they want to be but who they want to be and to become engaged in civic affairs.