Chimamanda Adichie Harvards Speech Video.
Nigerian Writer and Feminist, Chimamanda Adichie, has become the first ever black woman to deliver the Harvard College Class Day Speech since 1968. Watch Chimamanda Adichie’s full speech at Harvards below.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie just became the first African ever to deliver the Harvard College Class Day
Speech, which is a major feature of the university’s annual graduation events. Class Day speakers are
selected by the graduating students themselves.
Previous speakers include last year’s speaker, former US Vice President under President Obama, Joe
Biden; former President Bill Clinton; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother
Teresa; legendary music producer Quincy Jones; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; CNN Chief
International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour; and Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., who delivered the very first Class Day speech in 1968 (Dr. King accepted the invitation before
he was assassinated in April of that year, and his wife spoke in his place).
Chimamanda’s speech at Harvard on Wednesday conveyed the importance of seeking to tell the truth in
today’s world. She also stated that while it is very important for people to be outraged when appropriate,
it is crucial for one to understand the context in which an event took place or a statement was made—as
well as the intent of the protagonist or speaker—before becoming offended or outraged.
She exhorted the graduating students to be courageous in speaking the truth, even at the risk of being criticized for
doing so, noting that true satisfaction comes from maintaining one’s integrity.
“There is nothing more beautiful than to wake up every day holding in your hand the full measure of your
integrity,” she said. She received a standing ovation from the audience of approximately eight thousand