Queen. #FLOTUS. Superwoman. Care-free black girl. Black Girl Magic.
These are a few of the hashtags to describe this powerful woman behind the man in the oval office. When she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention we were all in awe, especially me. You see, I've been following Michelle and even had the opportunity to see her speak live several years ago.
It was 2011, I was 17 and a recent high school grad invited to what I thought was yet another graduation. Little did I know or truly understand how inspired I'd become from that event. At my age, I was experiencing a true transition: high school grad to college student. I was most vulnerable and completely unsure of myself and how I would navigate. As she continued in her speech to Spelman College graduates, she said something that stuck.
The truth is that there will always be folks out there who make assumptions about others. There will always be folks who try to raise themselves up by cutting other people down. That happens to everyone including me throughout their lives but when that happens to you all here’s what I want you to do. I want you to just stop a minute, take a deep breath, because it’s going to need to be deep, and I want you to think about all those women who came before you.
I began my journey with this quote in my mind and used it as my motivation behind, Another Girl's Club. Michelle represents a woman before me who experienced the same things as I and grew from it. As a humanitarian her efforts have not been unnoticed, she launched a campaign against childhood obesity, worked with veterans and actively involved in something close to my heart, Higher Education, through her "Reach Higher" program. That is why she will always be one of my favorites.
As women it is imperative that we stand together and support one another in our efforts to change the world. For those of you who missed out, see it here below: