In honor of National Women’s History Month, I will showcase a different woman each Monday this month. We will kick it off with Michelle Obama, a mother, author, lawyer, and the first African American First Lady.
Michelle Obama was born January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the first African American first lady (2009–2017), the wife of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States.
Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago’s South Side, was the daughter of Marian, a homemaker, and Frasier Robinson, a worker in the city’s water-purification plant.
She studied sociology and African American studies at Princeton University (B.A., 1985) in New Jersey before attending Harvard Law School (J.D., 1988).
In 1989, while working at Sidley Austin in Chicago, she met Barack Obama.
In 1991 she became an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
In 1992 she and Barack Obama were married.
From 1992 to 1993 Michelle was the assistant commissioner for the Chicago Department of Planning and Development.
In 1993 she founded the Chicago branch of Public Allies, a leadership-training program for young adults; she served as the branch’s executive director until 1996.
Michelle first caught the eye of a national audience while at her husband’s side when he delivered a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Barack was elected as U.S. Senator from Illinois that November.
In 2007, Michelle scaled back her own professional work to attend to family and campaign obligations during Barack’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Barack Obama eventually won the nomination and was elected the 44th President of the United States. He was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.
When her husband sought reelection in 2012, facing a challenging race against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Michelle diligently campaigned on his behalf. She traveled the country, giving talks and making public appearances.
On November 6, 2012, Barack was re-elected for a second term as U.S. president.
Michelle Obama published her book “Becoming” in 2018. Becoming is as described by Mrs. Obama, is a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.
These are just some of the wonderful things to note about Michelle Obama.
One of her quotes:
“I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.”
Amen Mrs. Obama! Today, we recognize you!
In his service!
God bless you,