From her inspiring initiatives to her cameo in Carpool Karaoke, BRICKS editor Tori West opens up about why she'll miss Michelle Obama as the first lady of the United States.
Over the last 8 years, Michelle Obama charmed her way into the public’s heart with compassion, wit and intelligence. An advocate for female empowerment, she’s a beacon of hope for not only women in her country, but the world. From her commitments to educating girls with ‘Let Girls Learn’, to her refreshing honesty about being a black woman in America. “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” Her marriage to the president is quite simply the definition of #relationshipgoals and her humour made her the most relatable First Lady America ever had.
In these times of uncertainty, Michelle’s words signified a solution, reminding me that when we’re challenged with prejudice, we can do better.
When FLOTUS made her final appearances and interviews before leaving the white house, her closing speech was the message of hope I desperately needed. It beautifully addressed my concerns and fears of watching a man who believes it’s acceptable to “Grab a woman by the pussy” take America’s highest role in office. On the verge of tears, Michelle spoke of her confidence in the younger generation, “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” she said. “So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”
In these times of uncertainty, Michelle’s words signified a solution, reminding me that when we’re challenged with prejudice, we can do better. With the emotional outcome and turmoil of the 2016 US Election, not only did her voice become an antidote to the young people of America; it also became an antidote to my own fears of the effect Brexit would have here in the UK. How I’d loved to have had Michelle Obama addressing my fears over our politically divided country instead of our leader’s vague response.
Sure, the future of the UK and the next 4 years under Trump presidency look dismal, however, as Michelle Obama continues to shine a light on the youth’s progression, it’s a vital reminder that our own voice and power can indeed build a better world.