And you don't have to be President of the United States to start addressing things like poverty, and education, and lack of opportunity.
Graduates, today — today, you can mentor a young person and make sure he or she takes the right path.
Today, you can volunteer at an after-school program or food pantry.
Today, you can help your younger cousin fill out her college financial aid form
so that she could be sitting in those chairs one day.
But just like all those folks who came before us,
you've got to do something to lay the groundwork for future generations.
That pilot I mentioned earlier — Charles DeBow — he didn't rest on his laurels after making history.
Instead, after he left the Army, he finished his education.
He became a high school English teacher and a college lecturer.
He kept lifting other folks up through education.
He kept fulfilling his "double duty" long after he hung up his uniform.
And, graduates, that's what we need from all of you.
We need you to channel the magic of Tuskegee toward the challenges of today.
And here's what I really want you to know — you have got everything you need to do this.
You've got it in you. Because even if you're nervous or unsure about what path to take in the years ahead,
I want you to realize that you've got everything you need right now to succeed. You've got it.