Her voice cracking, first lady Michelle Obama recalled her mother pushing her to succeed and the difference that made in her life.
Mrs. Obama addressed the graduating class of The Academies at Anacostia on Friday. The school is in one of the poorest sections of Washington and has struggled, leading to its transfer to a charter school operator.
The first lady said she would not have been standing at the podium if her parents had not encouraged her to dream big. Her eyes welled with tears as she talked about her mother, Marian Robinson, who lives with the first family at the White House.
According to the graduation program, 164 students received diplomas during the ceremony. More than 90 percent of the graduates have been accepted to colleges.
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