“queen of our world”

Flowsa.com: On June 22, 2011, I walked into the Regina Mundi church in Soweto …. to find myself among thousands who had gathered to hear an address by the US First Lady, Michelle Obama. How lucky was I? …

…. Slowly the choir rose and began to sing …. The audience began to sing along ….. Graça Machel, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, delivered the most beautiful introduction … “We welcome you as a daughter of African heritage, and we can call you the queen of our world,” said Machel. I agree; Michelle Obama may definitely be the current queen of our world!

… As she approached the stage, holding clasped hands to her chest while fighting back tears, one could see she was moved by her introduction and welcoming…..

Her speech drew on the history of Regina Mundi, which means ”queen of the world” in Latin, paying tribute to leaders of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the civil rights movement in the US, urging the young women in the audience to follow their example.

“The young people of this continent – you are the heirs of that blood, sweat, sacrifice and love,” she said. At this point in time I was holding back tears.

….For 45 minutes Michelle Obama spoke with conviction, passion, elegance and grace that moved me and many other women to tears. Her speech was beautifully inspiring.

She concluded with the famous slogan from her husband’s 2008 campaign to inspire and urge young women to become proactive members of change for women empowerment in Africa. “If anyone ever tells you that you shouldn’t or you can’t, then I want you to say with one voice – the voice of a generation – you tell them, ‘yes, we can’,” she said.

Yes, I can too!

This concluded one of the most inspirationally-moving speeches I have ever heard….

Full post here

Thank you SouthernGirl2 (3ChicsPolitico)

16 Responses to ““queen of our world””

    June 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm


  2. 2 maritza
    June 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    WTF, there is some water on my face; please give me a tissue!

    • June 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Maritza, I was looking for the video of the Sowetan Choir that sang for Michelle and I stumbled upon this blog post and I’m so happy I did. Isn’t it wonderful?! I’ve read it several times and the tears keep falling. I enjoyed watching Michelle’s journey through Africa. The trip was simply divine!

      • June 28, 2011 at 1:09 am

        Yes SouthernGirl2, it is wonderful to hear from someone who was actually there. I hope you find the video so you can share it with Chips and she with us. I would love to see it.

        • June 28, 2011 at 1:28 am

          I would like to add that the windows of Regina Mundi were donated by Poland. I would love to visit the Peoples Church to see the windows and the Black Madonna which has great significance to the people of Soweto which was donated to the church by an anonymous person..

          It is also very interesting that in all of Poland and here in the US all Polish Catholic churches have their black Madonna. The Black Madonna of Częstochowa is a holy icon of the Virgin Mary, that is both Poland’s holiest relic and one of the country’s national symbols.

        • June 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

          Good Morning, Barb!

          I found a little sample of the singing from the Sowetan choir. It starts around the 10 minute mark. It seems the entire church joined in. It’s so anointed.The presense of God was in that church. Check it out. I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I can understand why Michelle was so emotional during her opening speech. Watch Michelle’s face! She was trying very hard to hold it in.

  3. June 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I imagine he is glad to have them home also. And he have to have told Michelle how proud he is of of her, of the job she done. And I imagine Malia and Sasha have not stop talking yet, telling him everything. I could see them sitting around the dinner table just talking, laughing.

  4. 8 N
    June 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Michelle Obama and the White House garden are featured in the July issue of Better Homes and Garden. The scoot from Obama Foodorama blog:

  5. 9 Anonymous
    June 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Ah Chipsticks, there are no words to thank you enough for bringing us these words, these wonderful videos from our FLOTUS South Africa trip. She is amazing, you are amazing….. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  6. June 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Chipsticks, there are not words enough to thank you for gem after gem of remembrances from our amazing FLOTUS journey to South Africa. I so wanted to hear her speech in its entirety. It seems we only need wish for something and Bam, you’ve posted it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    June 28, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Great article. Thanks Chipsticks. America; Michelle Obama is the Queen of our World.

    • June 28, 2011 at 7:04 am

      Despite all the B.S. which comes from the haters over here, Michelle Obama is the Queen of our World. The trip to S. Africa was so amazing. I am so proud of our First Lady. Can you just imagine how Michelle’s Mother might sit back sometime and say to her self, if only Michelle’s Father could be here to see his daughter, he would be so proud of her.

  8. July 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Thank you for this valuable website!! The Obamas are a Gift…and I have the Audacity of HOPE that ALL who has been moved by this inspirational message will share the Gift with others….This is the kind of message that the Media will neglect to publicize..therefore if its to be …its up to the collective WE(WorkingEffectivlely) who are working for change.

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