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1st lady echoes King's call to fight hardships

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff have heard a message from Michelle Obama, the nation's first lady. Her message Saturday hearkened back to the one that graduates in 1958 heard when Martin Luther King Jr. gave the commencement address at the school.

Obama said graduates must prepare to overcome hardship as they make their ways in the world. She said a culture focused on instant gratification doesn't seem to reward persistence. But Obama said having that tenacity will bring great rewards King also told students to prepare to struggle, but that struggle was to end segregation.

 King spoke one year after the integration crisis at Little Rock Central High School. Obama spoke a year after UAPB's band marched in the inaugural for her husband, Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president.

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