Michelle Obama’s Ode To Her Ancestor Spreads Across The Internet

Michelle Obama’s Ode To Her Ancestor Spreads Across The Internet

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Writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay is well known for her love of moving and inspirational stories, particularly those told from the black perspective.  With that in mind, it's no wonder that she found the memorial to Melvina "Mattie" Shields to be so worth posting.

On Saturday, DuVernay shared this tweet: 

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The memorial in full reads: 

This memorial is dedicated to the remarkable life of Melvina "Mattie" Shields McGruder. She was born a slave in South Carolina in 1844. At age 6 she was brought to the nearby Shields farm in what is now Rex, Clayton County, Georgia. Her family would endure a five-generation journey that began in oppression and would lead her descendant to become First Lady of the United States of America Michelle Obama. Theirs is a story of hope. Melvina "Mattie" Shields McGruder is buried in Kingston, Bartow County, Georgia


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The tribute to both Mattie and to hope has Twitter moved.

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People are calling for more monuments like hers.

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Susan addressed Hollywood's lack of original and inclusive storylines.

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Reminder: Michelle Obama is more than just a former FLOTUS.

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The monument got people talking about their own ancestors.

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Some were a little more proud than others.

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Katie had some words of encouragement for us all, regardless of our roots and our family's pasts.

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Read more reactions and stories here.


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