Kansas Student Tries To Block Michelle Obama Graduation Speech
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Oliver Brown, et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al., better known as Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in public schools. To commemorate the occasion, the Topeka, Kansas Unified School District has invited First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at the district’s graduation, and some Topeka residents have decided to mark the occasion by trying to block her from doing so:
Topeka High senior Taylor Gifford said she was initially excited to hear of Obama’s visit.
“We were absolutely thrilled,” Gifford said. “I mean, it’s the first lady.”
But that feeling quickly gave way to disappointment when she heard the number of tickets that would be issued, which prompted her to launch a petition on Change.org asking the district to drop its plans for a single, combined graduation. The district shouldn’t put students in a position of choosing which of their family members can attend, she said.
You guys, it is duffinitely totes important to remember when the brown people versused the people who were bored of education, and having the First Lady speak would be an honor we would perish forever, but, like, four tickets?!? Thanks, Obama!