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Life lessons teach us never to look down anyone because we do not know what their creator has in store for them in future. Today there are many people ranging from the world of Politics to entertainment who stand as testimonies to that saying. U.S First lady, Michele Obama is one of them.
While studying at Princeton, she was one of the few black girls on campus. Her assigned roommate, Catherine Donnelly was white. As the story goes, Catherine complained to her mum who in turn stormed the school premises and requested for a room change. In an interview sometime in 2008, Mrs.Brown filled with regrets admitted to have told the school authorities that her family wasn’t used to living with black people.
“I told them we weren’t used to living with black people — Catherine is from the South. They probably thought I was crazy.” – Brown said.
Her request was granted and her daughter was removed….
In 1985 when Michelle wrote her thesis, she wrote:
“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before.
I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.
Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”- Source (Politico)
23 years later, that black room-mate” at Princeton became the 44th First Lady of the United States following her husband’s historic inauguration as the 1st Black U.S President.
Another beautiful lesson in history. I rest my pen.