In this captivating convocation speech, Lift Off, Harvard graduate Donovan Livingston delivers a spoken word poem encouraging listeners to challenge the societal boundaries placed around them and rethink the ways their education limits rather than enlightens them. "Injustice is telling them that education is the key, while you continue to change the locks." Click play to watch what Harvard University recognized as "one of the most powerful, heartfelt student speeches you will ever hear!"


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  • Follow this link to read Donovan's poem, Lift Off, in full.
  • To learn more about Donovan Livingston and his commitment to improving educational outcomes for youth, check out this interview.
  • Donovan says, " At the core, none of us were meant to be common." What do you think he means by this? How can you awaken the extraordinary within yourself? Brainstorm with a friend, or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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