Most Stirring Speech Ever By An MBA

by John A. Byrne on

It’s rare that a commencement address rises above the ordinary, a nice got-to-have speech filled with cliches about fulfilling one’s promise. It’s even rarer that a graduating student shows up the official invited speaker at a commencement to deliver a highly memorable and rousing oration. 

But it happened last month at Harvard Business School when one of the some 900 graduating MBAs stepped behind the podium and before the microphone.

With surprising poise and self-confidence, Casey Gerald rose to the occasion, giving the most inspiring and stirring speech we have ever seen given by a graduating MBA. 

His 17-minute Clintonesque exhortation–without notes–to fellow students and their families even overshadowed Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan who returned to HBS to deliver the official address to the Class of 2014 at the annual pre-commencement Class Day ceremony.

Gerald spoke movingly about a near-death experience with armed gunmen in his hometown of Dallas, and how that changed his life forever. “A strange thing happened as I accepted that I was about to die: I stopped being afraid.” He then decided to “give my life to a cause greater than myself.”

A LAWYER AT YALE SAID THAT IF YOU WANTED TO CHANGE THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY GET AN MBA

Initially convinced he would become a lawyer, a summer internship within a law firm “quickly disabused me of the idea.” Investment banking came next as an intern at Lehman Brothers in the summers of 2007 and 2008. He got an inside view of the firm’s dramatic collapse. “It’s the story of my generation,” Casey says. “No one thought an institution like that would come tumbling down. But we all saw how fragile and vulnerable any institution can be.”

While at Yale, Casey attended a law school event at which the speaker made an observation that had a lasting impact upon him. “He said law was the instrument of social change in the twentieth century,” Casey explains, “but if you want to change the world in the twenty-first century, get an MBA.” Casey applied, and was accepted into, HBS’ deferred admission 2+2 program, using the two years of work experience to explore options in both social policy and business. He worked for  the Center for American Progress, the Cities of Service Coalition, and Reboot, “a design-based approach to innovation in the public sector,” and the latter through Neiman Marcus, where he worked on the president’s five-year strategic plan.

After arriving at Harvard Business School from Yale, Gerald said that HBS “changed who we were; it reminded us who we could be. It reminded us that we didn’t have to wait until we were rich or powerful, or until we actually knew finance, to make a difference. We could act right now.”

ON THE FRONT LINES OF CHANGE

With three classmates, Casey founded a non-profit, MBAs Across America, which is a movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize America. “We saw the signs for hope in entrepreneurs who were on the front lines of change. They showed us that the new ‘bottom line’ in business is the impact you have on your community and the world around you — that no amount of profit could make up for purpose.”

Last summer, Gerald set out on an 8,000-mile journey across the country with three other classmates to talk to people in “nooks and crannies, and the unbeaten paths,” to discover the interconnectedness of people’s lives, dreams, and aspirations.

The conclusion of his speech was a remarkable exhortation to his classmates, leaving little doubt that Gerald has at least the potential to become the next Obama.

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  • Lisa

    Casey is the man.

  • StanfordBias

    That is quite the definitive headline for such a subjective claim. If it wasn’t such a good speech I would claim this to be further evidence of John’s HBS-bias 😉

  • JohnAByrne

    A bias in favor of Harvard Business School? Not true. I have probably written more less-than-positive stories on HBS than any other business school in the world.

  • truth

    This guy is so condescending at patronizing. In all honesty (I go to a top 5 school) I have yet to meet a single person at HBS that is likable. Why is this school so successful at producing condescending dbags?

    The self-importance of its graduates makes me laugh, since most of them don’t really do all that well, yet they all ride of the success of a small number of its graduates.

  • siliconvalley

    indeed an inspiring speech. thank you john. the speech reminds me why HBS produces more billionaires and millionaires than any university in the world except Harvard!

  • Dio

    One hell of a generalization to make.

  • Karl

    And you sound like the epitome of good cheer. Please do tell what top 5 school you are attending so I can be sure to avoid it in a couple of years. For all of HBS’ self-aggrandizement, at least their hearts appear to be in the right place and they are optimistic about the world…not bitter and hateful like you.

    This speech was wonderful. His speaking style and southern drawl are seductive. And the message is spot-on. At some point you have to step off the ladder (and let’s be real, completing your MBA at HBS or any other top school is a high rung at which to disembark) and start trying to make an impact in the world, not merely get to the next rung. I would love to see more MBAs eschew further hoops (how many say, I’ll just go into banking/consulting and once I reach VP/principal, THEN I’ll start answering calls to action). And it sounds like not only is Casey setting an example, but he’s providing a platform for many more to follow in his footsteps.

  • JohnAByrne

    If anyone has seen a more inspiring speech by an MBA at a commencement celebration, please post it in the comment and let’s see it.

  • Ryan

    He must’ve studied Obama closely, definitely some mannerisms picked up. Great speech though regardless

  • someone6

    As one of Casey’s friends and classmates, I couldn’t be more proud. It’s tempting to extrapolate and judge from a 20 minute speech, but Casey is this combination of thoughtfulness, humility, and ambition all the time — from lunches to 4am dorm discussions.

    And to the poster below — for all HBS’s problems, and there are many, one thing it does inspire is a sense of optimism and potential for change in the world, one that I and many other classmates hope to retain well past graduation.

  • shut up

    Go away troll

  • fadster

    Not an MBA speech, but worth watching the Bill and Melinda Gates commencement speech at Stanford. It was phenomenal.

  • Douglas Jamison

    Casey’s speech was thought provoking…. We must go out and change the world…. Now what MBA program should I choose…..

  • Daniel

    Fantastically engaging speech. Consumate professional.

  • McGill

    I live and study in China, I haven’t seen or read Casey’s whole speech yet, but the two lines of quotations that I have read reminded me of president Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, president Kennedy, Nelson Mandela etc. I love inspirational speakers because there are not too inspirational speakers around the world, you don’t see one in China because the educational system here does not train leaders or encourage students to grow interest in speaking or express their independent opinions. The system here fear that independent opinions will influence the society.

    A bitter critic said that, “you guys are so condescending at patronizing.” he went on to say that, “he has not met a single person at HBS that is likable and that HBS is so successful at producing condescending dbags.” What ever the critics say or do, western education is the best in the world and we the people must respect and cherish the opinions of the few inspirational speakers in the world. Please send me a copy of his speech via bookingsman_alfredo00@yahoo.com

  • Samuel Mikenga

    I agree!!

  • Reality_talks

    The proof of the pudding is in its eating. Would like to see what everyone supporting this speech ends up doing 2-3 years from now. If they follow the path and tone set, then the speech is worth an applause.

  • Fletch

    That’s powerful and quite simply brilliant! Finding the time to listen to this speech was a challenge but finding time to make more of my life for the greater good seems achievable having heard this. Time is precious for me with my family but time devoted to a worthy cause can be even more precious to us all. Just need a worthy cause now! Thank you!

  • http://ramonthomas.com/ Ramon Thomas

    China is indeed sensitive to promoting this kind of speeches. I too find myself living and studying towards MBA in China, but I’m from South Africa, where free speech is paramount. You may add me on Wechat: rjthomas to keep in touch.

  • Thomas

    I see a little more Bill Clinton in his mannerism. Great speech and someone to watch out for in a few years.

  • breichjr

    Wonderful speech. But if he had been armed he likely wouldn’t have felt so helpless.

  • http://balloffireconsulting.com Bernadette Boas

    It is absolutely amazing to me how those who think so little of themselves, always have to come out and project that on to others, as many in the below have done.

    What an eloquent speech and delivery, and life story – very impressive (and being a professional speaker myself, he is very impressive, though not sure he or anyone else were looking for comparisons to be made (to Clinton or anyone else))..Casey provided a stirring message, especially for the young people of today. Thanks for the share!

  • http://www.criticalsquare.com Critical Square MBA Admissions

    This is what getting an MBA is all about. We hope speeches like this one continue to inspire future MBA’s to lead positive change in the world. Bravo

  • Andrea Idini

    Flawled citation.
    Now it’s obvious that if you wanted to change the world in the 20th Century, you had to go to Physics.
    I have no idea about the 21st, maybe is Business School, more probable will be to work as a Farmer.

  • JohnAByrne

    I have to say that after watching Priyank in action, I am very impressed. Love his story of how he and a classmate nearly died in what could very well have been a plane crash and what that meant to him.

  • BobbyG

    Casey Gerald speech was very inspiring.
    All and all sometimes things happen in your life and you know right away that it was meant to be. It serve some sort of purepose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know what unforseen circumstances you may face in life. Make everyday count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, as though you may never experience it again. BobbyG

  • Leon A. Mills

    I’m not a business school graduate, (I do have a Master’s of Education in Leadership) and never likely will, however, after listening to Casey’s amazing speech, I felt like I should go get one. Speeches, and especially commencement speeches, are meant to do several things; they mark the end of one journey (college) and mark the beginning of another (career path and life in the real world), and they are meant to inspire all of those who are celebrating both on any given day at any given educational institution. I feel sorry for those people who have posted negative and cynical comments in an effort to negate one of the most amazing and inspiring speeches I’ve ever heard, especially for a new college graduate. His words, delivery, passion, and sincerity held me spell bound and reminded me of Martin Luther King (I Have a Dream) and President Barack Obama. Our society today, and particularly, our business sector (which is, in many ways, in a horrible mess) needs young, idealistic and passionate graduates like Casey Gerald who will use their business skills to help improve society and those who need a helping hand instead of just trying to see how much money they can earn.

  • http://www.bliteworks.com Ronald J Kroeger

    Thanks Casey, hope is alive and well, faith is invested in thought leaders like you, gratitude swells for opportunties such as yours.
    Ron Kroeger

  • Rockstarry

    Certain we’ll soon see more of Casey Gerald…

  • anotherMBA

    Great speech, great delivery, and how refreshing to hear an MBA graduate whose motivation is something other than money and power!
    It’s a pity that several of the other comments are too hung up on the HBS packaging to actually listen to what Casey is saying to everyone, wherever they are – and start to think about what is really important …

  • keepitcalm

    perhaps he would have felt less helpless…
    … but also much more likely that someone would have got shot – perhaps killed.
    Luckily, he didn’t present arms, reducing the overall threat, and he’s now able to inspire others with his ongoing work.

  • breichjr

    Perhaps you care to share some actual facts to back up this statement, “also much more likely that someone would have got shot – perhaps killed”. Because I can cite dozens of statistics showing how the use of guns by licensed gun owners in their own homes took care of an actual threat. You are free to continue to live in “Kum-by-ya”-ville, though.

  • Stephen

    Way to add zero value to the article, or are you just trying to incite political partisanship for no reason

  • Adam

    Looks like someone got a ding

  • breichjr

    The NRA and most gun clubs are comprised of equal parts Democrats and Republicans. (Though I will grant you that the extremely vocal and tiny minority that are against the Second Amendment are mostly comprised of the lunatic fringe on the left.)

  • C’mon, it’s legit, you know it

    This is really, really well written and delivered. Hopefully that’s self-evident despite all the Harvard hate. Probably won’t be the last time you see this guy giving a speech. Cheers, Mr Gerald!

  • Stephen

    Again, you add zero value to an article about bschool commencement. Have fun w/your NRA crew and you’re certainly entitled to your opinions but I’m sure there’s better articles to stir conversation on that topic.

  • http://grantmeadmission.com/ GrantMeAdmission

    Ultimately, Casey hit the nail on the head… “What have you given?” Often life can be boiled down to that one element.

    I think it’s amazing that from all the perspectives you decided to share with us about Casey, you chose “lunch and 4am dorm discussions.” The human connection should not be overlooked, as that is what people often remember.

  • http://www.bitagroup.ca BITA Group

    Is Casey looking to become President? He’s got it.

  • Deeks

    HBS attracts these minds and fosters their capabilities. Be careful about assuming that HBS ‘produces’ this type of person. Both benefit from each other.

  • AnnShack

    Wonderful, inspiring call to action

  • ILLION45

    well, in fact, china education system NOWADAYS is far better than US, scores in math, computer science, and other hard sciences are incredible. These things are the true basis of the economy, civilization, strength and leadership. What you mean is the soft things that could NOT be taught in universities such as excellent speeches, communication skills, emotional intelligence, etc. these things born with the person and could only be developed , enhanced, BUT not created. What I am afraid of is that this student above is really excellent and outstanding, but his case make confusion that you think he is a Product of the education system. HE IS NOT. otherwise where are the other millions! So, my point is read about current Chinese education systems to realize the difference,

  • Gavin

    Great speech. He has definitely studied the character of Barak Obama as he acts just like him

  • Cloud

    I am glad to see our schools are finally turning out folks with this kind of focus. This is what the rest of the world has been waiting for.

  • reality

    this focus will change in just two to three years time. they are kids and dreaming :) wait till they dive into real life :)

  • Pradeep Rajadas

    Amazing speech, nonetheless.

  • http://www.brandmirror.com Jennifer Dalton

    This was a great speech – well written, and well delivered. Casey is a great at telling a story, and being vulnerable at the same time. He included his classmates, and also us on his journey. Creating a call to action, and reminding all of us to make a life and have an impact. The Dream Depression notion is a great visual and by itself is a great call to act. Thank you Casey for treating this moment with such thoughtfulness and intent.

  • FellowMBA96

    I am so glad I took the time to listen to Casey’s speech in its entirety. Absolutely beautiful, inspiring, and it honestly made my day. We will see this young man do wonderful things. Thank you, Casey.

  • Herkpilot

    Excellent speech, the gap between talk and action is wide, trust those in attendance will do all they can to bridge that ever present and oft paralyzing gap.

  • Cicero

    As a graduate of the Harvard Business School and also a former small business entrepreneur, I can’t see what possible help a group of four young and inexperienced MBAs could have had for me.

    The speech seemed like typical liberal drivel. I doubt this thing will last more than a few years and it’s chief value will be to Casey’s resume.

    As for Casey being “the next Obama,” that is an insult. For pone thing, he knows how to talk without a Teleprompter.

  • Syzygy

    Cicero may have graduated from HBS, but he wasn’t careful about learning English. “It’s” is not a possessive; it is a contraction for “it is.” And “pone” instead of “one” is a typo that reveals a carelessness that one would hope does not extend to other parts of his life.

  • Alex

    Obama speak abounds – you MBA if you want to – it’s better to go to work, take the road less travelled, work hard, save hard, lead by example, travel and work where you visit, learn from successful people, copy them if you need to, be open to new thinking and wise counsel, take intelligent risks and don’t forget to phone your Mum.

  • Realist

    I’m studying in SK and I tell you those scores doesn’t matter at all, they just study for a long time and are score-oriented, that’s why you don’t see too many asians taking Nobel Prize or Fields Medal. They are so good in math that all discoveries in stats and math come from europeans or americans of european heritage. Before coming here I thought that me, westerners are the bad guys, but these ones cheat much more than us. They memorize math exercises and are practicing a lot, but they don’t have the genuine and native capacity to analyse that’s why you see them succeed in math or other technical competitions until grad school and then boom, nothing.

  • FoodForThought

    Given that you either went to HBS before or after leading a small business, I doubt that you are in the target demographic of Casey’s organization. More likely than not it is for those who don’t really have very solid business acumen, or those who do, but want some new blood to help them get over a stumbling block. You’re experience won’t always mirror that of others (especially given your background), so i’d advise you to keep that in mind when making your assessment of a programs efficacy.

  • Marilyn Pineda

    I agree with Mr. or Ms. FoodForThought’s remarks about the target demographic for Casey’s new venture and there are probably a lot more of those people than HBS graduates. However, as a graduate of the Wharton MBA program and a former small business entrepreneur, I find his passion and his eloquence vastly more interesting than someone else with a lot of experience who could perhaps teach me something I don’t know. I would walk to Montana and pitch a tent in a rancher’s field to hear what these four new graduates are going to do next.

  • Christine Jerelene Robinson

    Awesome. I only wish he’d get rid of the old time negro preachers’ tone.

  • aruncsatsangi

    Inciting …

  • Chris

    I hope you will visit California one day…

  • simonts

    Obama could never give a speech like this with any credibility. This speech reminded me much more of the great speeches of Kennedy and Clinton than anything Obama has ever said.

  • simonts

    This eloquent thought provoking speech gave me hope that the gradual degradation of our country which started by the Reagan “revolution” will stop and there is hope that this generation and the generations following it will rebuild it to become, again, a great nation, an example for other nations to follow. Given that much of what is wrong with our nation today came from the unconstrained greed of Harvard (and other) MBAs it is heartening to see that the call for change is coming form a Harvard MBA.

  • McGill

    ILLION45, am sorry but you have zero understanding of what you saying. “China’s education system NOWADAYS is far better than US” cheating in exams, buying exams questions before examination or teachers providing exams questions to students before exams and memorizing exam questions is not a healthy and disciplined form of education. It’s called cheating, it’s not an innovative system of education, period. The system of education, culture and indoctrination determines the characters of people in societies. Still, Chinese are the largest group of people that illegally copy foreign countries/companies products, they’re anti copyright gurus, they spy on everything under the sun and the cheat everywhere. If China’s education system is that great, then why is it that thousands if not millions of Chinese students and their parents are killing themselves to acquire western education in US, UK, Canada etc?…Every year millions of high school and universities students apply into western schools and universities, some have attempted to commit suicide when they get rejected. So, as much as you love your country and you were told that Chinese are better than every other national in the world, but I wouldn’t want to leave in the world wherein blind nationalism becomes the new objective thinking. Without a doubt, I still believe that western education is the best in the world, hence objective and independent thinking is the pillar to quality education.

  • guest

    Consumate professional? So you know him on a professional level?

  • guest

    More liberal nonsense…. thanks for sharing! Hahaha….

  • guest

    More liberal garbage

  • guest

    Watch out, it’s the grammar police out to getcha! Syzygy, did you see what I did there? I wrote ‘getcha’ instead of get you! Get out your handcuffs! Hahahaha! It’s people like you that have absolutely nothing else of value to say so you attempt insult people by pointing out typos. Get a life. Idiot.

  • guest

    And yet, you reply to him… I agree with him, but you seem to be inciting a reply by what you say.

  • guest

    You are an idiot.

  • Tracy Barber

    I’m probably the only person who could use a voucher now to prove beyond a reasonable doubt my net worth or network. How to become wealthy after graduating from Harvard Business School following Obama in the quest for proprietorship.

  • Celestino Mindra

    Great & indeed inspiring speech.
    I am 68 years in Africa with less useful time left to join the walk with you.
    But I will be happy to exchange ideas, experiences or know the strides you make that will make some diference in your comunity, around the world and in Africa, my continent.
    God bless you and give you health, wealth & more courage.

  • Realist

    Look, I’m just talking about what I see and looking at historical data. I’m not arguing about test results, but all discoveries come from above mentioned sources. They can’t even claim 10% of all important discoveries considering that education is their national sport. I really hope they will change smth about it because a more balanced world is better for everyone, but from what I experienced they have small chances to do that. They always need guidance, simply they can’t do new things.

  • Jaskon L

    The grade inflation line was good.

  • Steven Wilson

    OUTSTANDING!

  • Realist

    This link proves what I said, just working and score orientation. Look, there’s a research that shows a very high correlation between PISA tests’ scores and personal info completion rates for the same tests, which means people from some countries don’t actually care about the scores, they don’t tell to students that their scores matter a lot for the country’s ranking, but in Asia in different. Moreover for high-school olympiads, SK (and probably all asian countries) trains the students for some months in a boot-camp before competition, thing that doesn’t happen in western countries. The point is take the PISA results with a big grain of salt, or look in USA how good are these guys in high-school or undergrad competitions since 80’s, but the NP winners and best researchers are still the same guys. I saw already many times how good they are in computations and little tricks, GMAT, SAT, blah blah, but physics,stats,math,engineering research is mostly done by the other ones. Cheers.

  • wow

    wow…just wow. The ignorance

  • Jo barret

    Why do we have to sit through these mawkish teeth pullingly speeches. These guys have as much idea about life as a a child.
    If I was there I would have been trying to slip away for a comfort break or taking a walk outside.
    OK if you are this guys parents there is some interest, for everyone else, just think how selfish it is to force people to sit through it.
    This was boring in the extreme.

  • No Comment

    How come every time an African American man goes on stage and says something sophisticated everyone is like. Obama!. So stereotypical like every time a white dude raps their like Eminem.

  • Amy Edmondson

    much more!

  • Amy Edmondson

    That is the right challenge!

  • Meg

    The ‘next Obama’??? really??? Bill Clinton???
    I think his aspirations are higher than that!

  • muyiwaoloidi

    Awesome is what I can say. Also, challenging…

  • Gabriel Marcel

    Words are just words until proven otherwise, meaning great leadership needs to be tested during crisis. That’s been said, this speech reminded me of Martin Luther King, feel like in a church, listening without knowing why or where he is leading us.

  • nick seguin

    A strong speaker, to be sure.

    The model of his endeavor, however, is not strong. For one thing, MBAs can provide little to no value to small businesses and especially new ventures/entrepreneurs. For another, one week of engagement certainly does not lasting behaviors create.

    While an inspiring speech and unique story, I feel this is likely more a venture optimizing for the current trend (SMBs! and entrepreneurship – which has become a sector) as opposed to a critical and meaningful assessment of segments most in need and best-ready for the specific resources.

  • cherie faiella

    well done

  • NewyorkerOD

    He certainly has the Clinton lip curl, the mischievous glint in his eye, the hand gestures and the Southern drawl. Have I missed anything? Oh yeah, great speech!

  • janos

    I completely agree with the John A. Byrne, such an incredible speech from a young man. Wow, I could only dream to be able to speak so remarkable well and it truly came right from the heart. Casey’s story is very moving and I wish him much success on his journey to do great things for mankind. Bravo!

  • harold s lewis

    Excellent speech from a content and delivery perspective. Love to hear any speaker these days, especially those talking to MBAs, exhorting the necessity of hard work. Not sure why there is so much vitriol on this board for what he shared.

  • Paul

    The article was excellent, except for the last line. Having potential to be the next Obama is not a compliment, as many people i know including myself see Obama as a man with impeccable style, however with substance that is contributing to the downfall of America. A bigger compliment would be to say that Gerald has impeccable style and substance that makes sense–and those would be the two reasons why he is impressive.

  • Paul

    Casey seems like an intelligent guy with great experiences. Like most of us at HBS. I just reject the model that liberals like John Byrne endorse. Apparently now you just have to be a charismatic speaker and you qualify to be president of the United States. The economy is still sluggish, by most economic measurements including inflation (9.4% over the term), every executive order (most in US history for any president) signed was far left in nature and arguably not exec order-worthy, small businesses have been crushed on the cost side and most are barely making it. So, ending this article with “he’s the next Obama” shows what sort of bubble John Byrne and other liberals like him live in. Yes, John Byrne–the same guy who did Business Week’s B-School rankings and had Northwestern and Chicago numbers 1 and 2–while not paying any attention to the Yield. Harvard’s Yield was 9.5 out of 10 accepting the offer, while those other schools staying in the 5-6 out of 10 range. Yes, John Byrne–the same guy who believed for a number of years that the cost of business school education is not worth it–suddenly is Mr Business School. Great speech–wish someone else wrote the article on it.

  • Paul

    janos, you seem to be easily impressed. sounds like you, john byrne and chris matthews get thrills up your legs when listening to obama speak (while our economy continues to tank). Just what we need in America.

  • janos

    A man gives a speech and someone is quick to talk about politics. Our economy is tanking because the majority of the population have poor money management skills and live well beyond their means. It’s not the governments job to teach people how to take care of their financial future. People like yourself Paul make me sick, blame everyone else for your own failures… Then again, I am sure you are a well educated gentleman who graduated from Harvard with an MBA and would never talk down on another person, because you have too much class.

  • Paul

    …because some people believe that being “moved” by a speech is what got the current idiot in chief elected. Now we all suffer. I could care less about speeches. They mean nothing to me. Actually doing something does matter to me.

  • Paul

    your statement that the majority of the population doesnt have money because of poor money management skills is ignorant beyond belief. Yes, I look down on you. You are like John Byrne–another idiot who listens to a speech and gets a thrill up their leg–meanwhile the president has the experience of a 5th grader and the majority of people in the workforce are under-employed. They say ignorance is bliss….I wouldnt know how it feels.

  • janos

    It is a fact, high school’s do not teach students finance, yet alone personal finance. According to the latest statistics on education, 33.5 percent of the population has a undergrad degree and even then, just because someone has an undergrad degree does not necessary mean they have taken finance classes.

    Say what you want, as everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is only mine, however, as someone who grew up with parents who never went to college, they never taught their kids on how to manage money. If less than half of the population have a college education, I will assume less than half will know how to manage their money. Beyond that, how can people save and invest in their future when they barely get by?

    Look at the current example of people waiting camping outside tents for two day to purchase a iPhone 6 for almost a thousand dollars. How many of these people are financial savvy, yet alone know how to manage their time? Heck, who in the right mind take off 2-3 days of work just to purchase a cell phone? quite a few…

  • Niña Traviesa

    W
    ho cares whose mannerisms he may have? This young man makes me proud to be a human being. I cannot express how he moved me. I don’t know why him versus anybody else I could find online in a video. But he came across my computer screen today. He gives me hope for ourselves.

  • Niña Traviesa

    and people who respond this way, make me shudder for ourselves, but this young man counters that negative, selfish attitude. Thankfully.

  • Paul

    No. It’s not the right challenge. I mean seriously. Obama has taught us that a good speaker means nothing.I hope most people are more sophisticated than being moved emotionally by a speech.

  • Pleasantly Surprised

    I usually look at your page as a last resort, late at night, just to see what our people are f-ing up! I looked at your video about Casey Gerald, a Harvard grad., and was utterly amazed and PROUD!!! We Black people need to be looking at what our intelligent Black “kids” are doing!” Not at what we are doing in the slave camps known as “the Ghetto.” Please keep up this good effort for all of us!

  • bardr

    So — if this was a white conservative who gave this speech, would he still be criticized? How is this Liberal tripe? I am a 62 yr old white musician with a Doctorate. I give this talk many times a week. If each of us don’t choose to make a difference where we are, there really isn’t much hope.

  • Steve

    Yes, the next Obama. business dealings with bill ayers, Tony rezko, farrakan, jeramia wright. Way to insult the guy.

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