News: Barack Obama Gives B-Day Talk To NAACP, "Our Kids Can't All Aspire To Be LeBron Or Lil Wayne" [Video]

Friday, Jul 17, 2009 1:10PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

President Barack Obama paid homage to the NAACP (National Assocation for the Advancement of Colored People) at its 100 year anniversary celebration yesterday with a motivational speech.

President Obama touched on the nation's constant struggles with discrimination despite elected minorities and the achievements of the 1960's Civil Rights Movement.

"I understand there may be a temptation among some to think that discrimination is no longer a problem in 2009," Obama said from the New York event. "But make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in America." (Los Angeles Times)

He also referenced superstar athlete LeBron James and rapper Lil Wayne to remind families of the importance of education.

"They might think they've got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow," Mr. Obama said, "but our kids can't all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court Justice. I want them aspiring to be President of the United States of America." (New York Times)

Obama supporter and hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs was in attendance and shared his reaction.

"Just left the naacp 100 birthday celebration!!!," he wrote via Twitter. "Happy bday naacp! Thank you for the freedoms that take for granted every daY!! Thank you!!!" (Diddy's Twitter)

The event took place in New York City Thursday evening.

The nation's first African-American president addressed the nation's oldest civil rights organization at its 100th anniversary convention in Manhattan Thursday night at the Hilton New York, telling a packed and cheering crowd his election was made possible by the organization's history of successes and the courage of its leaders. During a nearly 40-minute speech, the former Illinois senator told members that social ills that have limited the achievements of many black Americans also hamper other groups, notably Hispanics and poor white Americans. (Newsday)

Check out President Barack Obama's speech below:

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