Michelle Obama: Black History Month

Most known for being the first African-American First Lady, born January 17, 1964, she was raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She studied and graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law. She met Barack Obama while working at the law firm Sidley Austin. They married in 1992 and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Following her brother footsteps she applied to Princeton University where she majored in sociology and minored in African-American studies. Even though her teachers, at high school, tried to dissuade her from applying. She has said that being at Princeton was the first time she became more aware of her ethnicity and, despite the willingness of her teachers and classmates to reach out to her, she still felt “like a visitor on campus”. Michelle concluded her studies at Princeton in 1985 and pursued her professional study, earning her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988.

During Barak Obama begging political career, Michelle campaigned on his behalf but she did not relish the activity at first. At first Michelle had reservations about her husband’s presidential candidacy, but when time passed she got more involved involvement.

Michelle became First Lady of the United States in 2009 until 2017. As first lady, Michelle Obama initiated Let’s Move! A program aiming to end childhood obesity within a generation. Through it, elected officials, business leaders, educators, parents, and faith leaders worked together to provide more nutritious food in schools, bring healthy and affordable food into underserved communities, plant vegetable gardens across America, and provide new opportunities for kids to be more active. Each year local schoolchildren helped plant and harvest the garden she started on the White House South Lawn. Its vegetables and fruits were served at the White House and donated to soup kitchens and food banks.

During Barack Obama’s second term Michelle spearheaded the Reach Higher Initiative to help students understand job opportunities and the education and skills they need for those jobs. She encouraged young people to continue their education past high school in technical schools and community colleges as well as at colleges and universities. Worldwide, she championed the education of girls and women. In a commencement address at the City College of New York she told graduates, “Never view your challenges as obstacles.” It is a lesson she has embodied all her life. Throughout her time in the White House Mrs. Obama worked to support veterans and military families. She also focused her energies on what she calls her most important role: MominChief to her daughters, who grew into accomplished young women during their eight years in the White House.

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