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Black History Month: Recognizing First Lady Michelle Obama

By Marsha Varghese 16

While being named First Lady of the United States is one of the most honorable titles that can be given to an American woman, Michelle Obama has come a long way to the top due to her hard work and dedication to her country.

Mrs. Obama began her education at Princeton University after graduating from high school in 1981. At Princeton, she studied Sociology and African-American studies. She continued her education at Harvard Law School graduating in 1988. After graduating, she joined the Sidney & Austin Law Firm where she met her husband, Barack Obama.

After she had finished her education, Mrs. Obama decided that her true calling was to work with people to help them serve their communities. She worked as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development in Chicago’s City Hall. After a year, she moved up and became the Founding Executive Director of the Chicago Chapter of Public Allies. This program helped her further her career in working with her community.

Mrs. Obama’s career as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center is something that she continues as first lady today. This inspired her campaign, "Let’s Move!" which brings together community leaders, doctors, nurses, teachers, and parents to end childhood obesity.

Through hard work and the will to receive the best education, Michelle Obama has become a remarkable role model for women and all Americans.

Source(s): http://www.biography.com/people/michelle-obama-307592?page=1; http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/firstladies.aspx?biography=45