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Chance the Rapper challenges Dillard University graduates to ‘eclipse our heroes’

By Morgan Winsor, ABC News

Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper challenged the graduating students at Dillard University on Saturday to be better than those who came before them and to fearlessly transcend their heroes.

“Some people might find this kind of talk disrespectful, but it’s exactly the opposite. The highest form of respect that we can pay to the people who came before us, the people who sacrificed for us and gave us everything, is to be better than them,” Chance said in his commencement address at the private, historically black liberal arts college in New Orleans.

“Our parents, grandparents, ancestors sacrificed, not so that we can keep doing the same thing that they were doing but so that we can be better. To simply copy them would be almost an insult to their sacrifice.”


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