Former First Lady Michelle Obama's family sure has come a long way in five generations.
American filmmaker and Selma director Ava DuVernay shared a compelling tweet paying tribute to the former First Lady's great-great-great grandmother, Melvinia "Mattie" Shields McGruder, who was born a slave in South Carolina in 1844.
Become your ancestor's wildest dream. pic.twitter.com/4xvyBZauwY
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 5, 2017
DuVernay tweeted: "Become your ancestor's wildest dreams." The inscription on the tombstone states that, at age six, Mattie was brought to the Shields farm, located in what is now the community of Rex, in Georgia's Clayton County.
Decades later, Mattie's great-great-great granddaughter, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, not only went to Princeton University but also earned her law degree from Harvard University before going on to become the 44th First Lady of the United States of America.
The story of Black America is one of strength, faith, and constant endurance. Still striving, but we have a lot to be proud of. 💪🏼💪🏽💪🏾💪🏿 https://t.co/fUhx0HnmhS
— Erica Bennett (@EricaANjax) August 5, 2017
DuVerney's tweet even inspired a Columbia University faculty member to share how far his own lineage has come since the days of slavery.
— Justin Garrett Moore (@jgmoore) August 5, 2017
No doubt, it's a true testament to recognize how far black America has come since the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was adopted into the U.S. Constitution in 1865, 21 years after Shields was born.
What a wonderful testimony of what is possible in the USA! https://t.co/IGNQpN85aU
— John London (@jlondon8932) August 5, 2017
It's only a matter of time before Malia and Sasha Obama continue to hold up this upward line of endurance and success, and make their great-great-great-great grandma Shields a proud lady. No pressure, girls.