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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A North Carolina native’s graduation speech at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has gone viral.

Donovan Livingston, a Fayetteville native, took the stage last Wednesday to deliver a to deliver a spoken word poem at a convocation of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Charlotte Observer reports.

In his poem, Livingston spoke about the hurdles black people must overcome in today’s society.

Within hours after his speech, video of it went viral on the Harvard Graduate School of Education Facebook page.

Since it was posted, the video has been viewed more than 10 million times and shared more than 200,000 times.

“I had no idea the poem would be so well received, but I’m certainly grateful for all the positive attention that it’s been getting, whether it’s from Hillary Clinton or friends that I’ve grown up with my entire life,” Livingston told the Observer.

Livingston now plans to pursue a doctorate in education leadership at UNC Greensboro.