Obama's commencement address at Morehouse

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 5/31/2013, 12:24 p.m.

He also mentioned another Morehouse legend, Benjamin Mays, and W.E.B. Du Bois' "talented tenth" was summoned to make a point about success and leadership.

While Obama always remembers to quote and cite the great men and women of the past, he rarely ever misses an occasion to share the spotlight with an ordinary someone in the audience. This time, it was a graduate named Leland Shelton.

"When Leland Shelton was 4 years old--where's Leland? Stand up, Leland," Obama commanded. "When Leland Shelton was 4 years old, Social Services took him away from his mama, put him in the care of his grandparents. By age 14, he was in the foster care system. Three years after that, Leland enrolled in Morehouse. And today he is graduating Phi Beta Kappa on his way to Harvard Law School. But he's not stopping there.

"As a member of the National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Policy Council, he plans to use his law degree to make sure kids like him don't fall through the cracks. And it won't matter whether they're Black kids or Brown kids or white kids or Native American kids, because he'll understand what they're going through. And he'll be fighting for them. He'll be in their corner. That's leadership. That's a Morehouse man right there."