Last year October, Chimamanda Adichie was one of the four writers chosen by The New York Times to write a thank you letter to the former first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, for her immense contribution to America’s history.
Chimamanda Adichie’s letter, titled, “To The First Lady With Love” was such a beautiful note and it seems to have really made an impression on Michelle Obama.
In an interview with media personality, Oprah Winfrey, Michele Obama, said she read Chimamanda’s piece and it moved her.
Read the conversation below,
Oprah: This is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche wrote. Did you see that piece?
Michelle: I did. I wrote her a thank-you letter.
Oprah: I know you don’t read pieces, but that’s one you should have read.
Michelle: I read that one.
Oprah: That was a piece.
Michelle: That was – that moved me.
Oprah: This was in The New York Times recently. And she said, “Because she said what she thought, and because she smiled only when she felt like smiling, and not constantly and vacuously, America’s cheapest caricature was cast on her: The angry black woman.” That’s what she said.
Michelle: She said it well, too.
Oprah: And she said it well. But that was one of the most beautiful things I’d read about you. I thought she summed it up for all of us. But when you were labeled that angry black woman, was that one of the things that knocked you back a bit?
Michelle: That was one of those things that you just sort of think, “Dang, you don’t even know me.” You know? I mean, you just sort of feel like, “Wow, where’d that come from?”