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Author: Donovan Livingston Narrator: Donovan Livingston Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781524779771
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An inspirational rallying call about education, race, and the true nature of equality—the Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation speech praised as “powerful” by Hillary Rodham Clinton in Teen Vogue and “inspired” by Justin Timberlake.

In emotionally charged spoken-word poetry, Livingston shares a message of hope and hard truths, declaring that education can become an equalizer only if we first acknowledge the inequality and racial divides holding back America’s future. Livingston is dedicated to helping young people reach their celestial potential, and in his galvanizing commencement address, now adapted for the first time to the page, he calls on us to raise our voices on behalf of all children, as their brighter futures can light up our own. Together, we can lift off!

Praise for Donovan Livingston

“Donovan Livingston gave a powerful speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation. In a spoken-word poem, he shared his struggles in life and urged his fellow graduates to fight inequality and inspire students. . . . Donovan’s message hit home. . . . [He is] part of a rising generation that’s . . . standing up to some of the biggest challenges in the world today.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton, Teen Vogue

“These are the words, and Donovan Livingston’s voice and spirit are the music, but in any form, this rare graduation speech tells us that learning is full of bias yet can lead us to the stars.”—Gloria Steinem

“Donovan Livingston’s Lift Off is our youth’s gift to us. In this joyous young man’s voice is the promise of tomorrow.”—James McBride Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Donovan Livingston performs the short, powerful speech that caused a sensation after he gave it at the Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation in 2016. He imbues his words with the cadence and rhythm of poetry—which it is—using stars and astronomy as a metaphor for students’ potential as well as their challenges and struggles. Donovan’s voice is powerful and compelling, the perfect delivery system for his message, which is hopeful but also sharply asks his listeners to challenge their assumptions about and practices with their students. The message is inspiring and thought provoking—listeners will want to hear it more than once.”

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  • Donovan Livingston gave a powerful speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation. In a spoken-word poem, he shared his struggles in life and urged his fellow graduates to fight inequality and inspire students. . . . Donovan’s message hit home. . . . [He is] part of a rising generation that’s . . . standing up to some of the biggest challenges in the world today. Hillary Clinton, from her Teen Vogue essay on “What’s RIGHT with America
  • These are the words, and Donovan Livingston’s voice and spirit are the music, but in any form, this rare graduation speech tells us that learning is full of bias yet can lead us to the stars. Gloria Steinem
  • “Donovan Livingston’s Lift Off is our youth’s gift to us. In this joyous young man’s voice is the promise of tomorrow. James McBride

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About the Author

Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator and public speaker. His viral Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address has reached more than thirteen million views and has been praised by Hillary Clinton. Donovan and his speech have been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. Having earned master’s degrees from Columbia and Harvard, he is now a doctoral candidate studying education at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.