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Civil righteous: Hillary Clinton urges voting, praises diversity in address to Medgar Evers graduates

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At last: The former presidential candiate said that her loss to Trump in the November 2016 election was devastating.
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More yay: Graudates sporting decorated caps cheered on Clinton as she gave her keynote speech at Medgar Evers College’s 46th commencement.
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Not a fan: Clinton lashed out at President Trump, voicing her disapproval with his administration and policies.
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The next leaders: Clinton reminded the students about the importance of voting and why they decide their future representatives.
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High honor bestowed: Clinton was presented with an honorary degree from Medgar Evers College by City University of New York Chancellor James P. Milliken.

She may have lost, but she found her voice.

Hillary Clinton implored graduates of Medgar Evers College to exercise their right that the university’s namesake civil rights activist died to achieve in a commencement address on Thursday at the Barclays Center.

“Previous generations may have begun the struggle for voting rights, but I’ll tell that you none of our struggles over,” she said. “All the speaking out and protesting doesn’t mean much if you don’t help choose the elected officials who have ability to shape your world.”

The former First Lady and U.S. Secretary of State praised diversity in her address to students of the historically black college, throwing a not-so-subtle barb at President Trump days after he requested that the U.S. Supreme Court enact his controversial travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority nations entering the country.

“You come from 94 countries and speak 44 languages — you embody what makes New York and America great already,” said Clinton.

She invoked a graduate of Yemeni descent who graduated with honors as the type of hard-working person who would be discriminated against by the polarizing order.

“He came to this country to work in a deli across the street from Medgar Evers College, and he made sandwiches for students and professors,” she said. “Today he is graduating with honors and I’m certainly glad he wasn’t banned from America.”

Clinton, who visited the Crown Heights school named for slain activist Medgar Evers during her primary campaign last April, urged the crowd to persevere in the face of adversity, citing her loss to Trump in last year’s presidential election and the hardships that Evers’s widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, faced after his death.

“I’ve had a few setbacks in my own life, and losing an election is devastating especially considering who I lost to,” she said. “But that pales in comparison to what Myrlie went through, and frankly what a lot of people go through today.”

Evers, a civil rights activist who fought against segregation at the University of Mississippi, was assassinated in 1963 by a white supremacist who was not tried for the crime until 1994.

Borough President Adams joined Clinton at the university’s 46th commencement, and did not resist his own opportunity to rail against adversity, or Trump, in a speech.

“Don’t think for one moment there are not going to be days when you feel like you don’t want to get out of bed,” he said. “Don’t think that some chump like Trump is going to take away your ability to be the president of the United States. You got to get up.”

The City University of New York chancellor awarded Clinton with an honorary degree following her address.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Since she hasn't gone away, we can assume she'll run for something somewhere in the future. Too bad it will have to be on planet Earth and not farther away.
June 9, 2017, 9:18 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It's pretty difficult to run for office from a jail cell.
June 9, 2017, 9:26 am
Lookee! from Not Chappaqua says:
Chappaqua: Per Wikipedia --" The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.80% White, 0.94% African American, 0.03% Native American, 5.62% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races."
June 9, 2017, 9:48 am
Boss Tweed from Tamanny Hall says:
How is that "investigation" into the purge of Brooklyn voters on eve of Bernie primary?
June 9, 2017, 1:08 pm
Lentol Vagine from Park Slope says:
The woman who tried to crush Jill Stein? No thanks, facists!
June 9, 2017, 3:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Honestly, I wish I could be there to hear her speak, but I don't know anyone at that college. I still find Hillary Clinton to be important and relevant even to this day. Just seeing how bad Donald Trump is doing as president just make me want to say this, "Don't look at me, I voted for Hillary." The reason is because I did actually vote for her, so I don't need to feel sorry at all for what is going on. As for her statement on voting, I agree with her a lot, because ever since I turned 18, I have voted in every election I am qualified for especially in making my vote count. If you don't want to vote, that is fine, but don't complain about the results. In reality, by not voting you are really hurting yourselves, plus there are politicians who don't even have to fear you, because they know that you won't be standing in their way considering that you are a non-voter and couldn't care less about what's going on anyway. Overall, I find Hillary to be the political Britney Spears and everyone should just leave her alone especially since she has been enough already.
June 9, 2017, 4:29 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Get her a cell next to Bernie Madoff!
June 9, 2017, 6:42 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
What her and her husband did to black people here and in Haiti is despicable. And she is speaking at Medgar Evers! Disgusting!
June 9, 2017, 6:45 pm
Janice from Bed-Stuy says:
Matt, you're a fool.
June 10, 2017, 9:13 am
Janice from Bed-Stuy says:
She deserves worse than prison! Madoff was just trying to be nice! She's evil!
June 10, 2017, 10:50 pm
Bernie from Diverse Vermont says:
Where are my delegates?
June 11, 2017, 9:50 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Enough with this already! The issue on both using a private server and the Benghazi lawsuit were brought up and dismissed. Hillary was cleared of either of those crimes yet some of you continue to think that she is a criminal despite that. I doubt she had any friends in high places on either of those cases. She has moved on since then, but I guess many of you haven't.
June 11, 2017, 3:50 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The jail thing isn't gonna happen. She just sucks.
June 11, 2017, 4:17 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
Ted, HRC was not "cleared" of a crime under section f of the Espionage Act. She escaped punishment, only because the execrable James Comey misstated the law to require criminal intent rather than just gross negligence for a breach. And, she was not "cleared" of a crime regarding the Benghazi murders because it was never alleged to be a crime, only extremely poor judgment bordering on, if not constituting, institutional incompetence.
June 11, 2017, 5:50 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Diversity...blah blah blah....multiculturalism....
blah blah blah.....PAY ME...blah blah blah
June 13, 2017, 10:50 am

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