When First Lady Michelle Obama took to the podium at Dr. Maya Angelou's memorial service, she spoke of how Dr. Angelou inspired and affirmed her as a black woman growing up in America.
1. When she reminded us that though the world may try to convince us otherwise, the way we were made is good enough.
2. When she spoke of how Dr. Angelou reminded us that black women are beautiful.
3. When she told us that she grew up with the same struggles brought on by the pressure to achieve an unattainable standard of beauty, just like us.
4. When she told us that she, too, knows what it feels like to have her status as a woman challenged because of who she is.
5. When she told us that we don't have to apologize for who or what we are.
6. When she illustrated how affirming and contagious one black woman's confidence can be.
7. When she reminded us again that who we are is okay.
8. And again, for good measure.
9. And again, because we can never, ever hear it too much.
Click here to hear Mrs. Obama's comments in their entirety.
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