ATLANTA - President Barack Obama credits God's grace for his accomplishments.
Speaking at Sunday's commencement ceremony in Atlanta at historically-black Morehouse College, Obama said his life could have been impacted in the way other African-American men who have been challenged by social ills and disadvantages.
Obama told the graduates that "there but the grace of God go I." He said he might have been in prison, unemployed or unable to support a family.
But he also told the all-male graduates that they must compete in a global market against others who also face even greater disadvantages and that they cannot use hardship or discrimination as excuses. Obama said they should strive to make both money and a difference in people's lives.
A Morehouse graduate, and pastor of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, said in a prayer that Obama's achievement was the result of the prayer of slaves and an example of the American dream.
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