During her commencement address at Tuskegee University on Saturday, Michelle Obama spoke candidly about the ever-present racism in the U.S. and its effect on her role in the public eye.
"As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others."
She then spoke from her own experience on how racial inequality will continue to impact not only opportunity, but also daily life for the graduates of the historically black college.
"We've both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. The folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety, the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores. The people at formal events who assumed we were the help," she said.
But Obama told the class of 2015, that this is "not an excuse to just throw up our hands and give up ... to succumb to feelings of despair and anger only means that in the end, we lose."
You can watch her entire speech below: