Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez Make Powerful Keynote Speech Telling NYC Class of 2020 To Vote And "Get Involved"
To help commemorate New York City's graduates this year, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez gave a keynote speech! Find out what advice they imparted upon the senior class!
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are sharing some words of inspiration with the future leaders of the world!
As Entertainment Tonight reports, the couple took part in Tuesday's citywide graduation celebration in New York City, congratulating the class of 2020 as well as giving them some advice.
Lopez and Rodriguez talk about living out "the American dream"
Lopez and Rodriguez reflected on how fortunate they are able to have the lifestyles they do. "Jen and I are both New Yorkers, first-generation Americans whose immigrant parents worked hard to give us the opportunity to live the American Dream," Rodriguez shared.
"You know, we've had our ups and downs, but we continue to fight the fight," Lopez explained. "And one of the ways we do that is by trying to teach our four children the right way to do things. Not just with words, but with actions."
As Entertainment Tonight mentions, the couple talked about building their careers in the industry before turning to the topic of current world events. Lopez and Rodriguez acknowledged the issue of systemic racism and the importance of voting in November's election, mentioning how they worked hard to achieve their dreams and made sure to get involved.
Lopez calls "systemic love" the answer to the problem of hatred
Lopez urged the graduates of 2020 to be active leaders as well. "You have to get involved. Start by focusing on your family and those closest to you," she said. "Me, being a mom, I know that true change starts at the kitchen table. The only answer to systemic racism, inequality and hate is systemic love and acceptance."
"We need to speak up and speak love every chance we get," Lopez continued. "You have to vote. If you aren't registered to vote, you need to. Do whatever you can, big or small, to make sure that those who represent you do in fact truly represent you.
As Entertainment Tonight says, she also called on the senior class to pursue higher education. "And please, don't let your education stop after graduating. You may have earned your degree today, but you never stop being a student," she said. "Make an effort to learn more and more every single day. That's a little something Alex and I practice every chance we get."
Lopez urges graduates to remember the possibilities 2020 brought
Lopez and Rodriguez finished their speech by telling the class of 2020 that they can make a difference. As Entertainment Tonight shares, Lopez also talked about how she hopes they reflect on the year.
"Let 2020 be remembered not as the year that your senior year was cut short, but the moment when your view of what is possible expanded," she said. "Let 2020 be remembered not as the year that we had to isolate ourselves, but the moment that we came together as a people."
"Most of all, years from now, remember 2020 as the year when everything started to change and the year that you started on your journey to making sure that it did," Lopez said, before she and Rodriguez congratulated the graduating class.