5 Best Lines From Michelle's Last Speech as First Lady

'I hope I've made you proud'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2017 1:29 PM CST
5 Best Lines From Michelle's Last Speech as First Lady
Michelle Obama gives her final speech as first lady at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Michelle Obama delivered her final speech as first lady on Friday while presenting the 2017 School Counselor of the Year award, PRI reports. According to CNN, the award is given to high-school counselors who've shown leadership skills. NBC News says Obama had "tears in her eyes" while giving the "stirring" speech. Here are five of the first lady's standout lines:

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  1. "I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. You hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered."
  2. "Our glorious diversity—our diversities of faiths, colors, and creeds—that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are."
  3. "Build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear."
  4. "No matter where they're from, how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like, or who they love, or how they worship, or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country."
  5. "Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I've made you proud."
(Read more Michelle Obama stories.)

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