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Woman of the Day: Michelle Obama

Posted by BrookeN at 28th March, 2011

Who is the first African American First Lady?

Michelle Obama, the nation’s first African American First Lady, admits she never imagined becoming First Lady. Growing up on the South-Side of Chicago, Obama came from a modest blue collar working family. At a young age her mother believed Obama “raised herself from about nine years old. She had her head on straight very early.”

Obama’s determination and focus landed her at Princeton, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Harvard Law School where she received a J.D. Despite her success, she felt like an outsider and was not fully integrated within the fabric of Princeton’s social circles, as she explains, “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘Blackness’ than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.”

In spite of the social and racial obstacles along the way, Obama has followed her heart through her commitment as a public servant from her start at Public Allies of Chicago to her current role as First Lady. As First Lady, Obama has been active in decreasing childhood obesity, promoting organic grown food, and encouraging public service.

Click here and here to read more about Michelle Obama.

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Brooke Nepo has written 31 articles on this blog.

Brooke Nepo is a recent graduate of Binghamton University, where she majored in Philosophy, Politics and Law and competed as a collegiate Track and Field thrower. In addition to interning at the Woodhull Institute, she is a Personal Fitness Trainer and training to be a competitive Weightlifter.

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