Michelle Obama implores JSU grads to overcome discrimination with excellence

She also referenced House Bill 1523 one day after her husband, President Barack Obama criticized North Carolina and Mississippi’s laws for being discriminatory.

“We see it right here in Mississippi, just two weeks ago, how swiftly progress can hurdle backward, how easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love,” she said. “So we’ve gotta stand side-by-side with all our neighbors: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Jew, Christian, Hindu, immigrant, Native American. The march for civil rights isn’t just about African-Americans, it’s about all Americans.”