Denzel Washington Was Supposed to Give a Speech—Instead, He Took These Grads to CHURCH

Three years ago, Denzel Washington gave an incredible commencement speech at New Orleans’ Dillard University, and as graduation time rolls around again, his words still ring with powerful truth for the class of 2018. He encouraged graduates to put God first, set goals, help others, and he finished with this bold prayer…

“I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed tonight, so that when you wake up in the morning you have to get on your knees to reach them. And while you’re down there, say thank you.”

Watch Denzel’s powerful Dillard Commencement Address in full below:


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