Black History Month Fast Facts: Michelle Obama
All month long we’re celebrating Black History Month! First Lady Michelle Obama is a inspiration to so many African American women, read about her amazing story before her journey to the White House!
Michelle LaVaugn Robinson Obama was born January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois to a stay at home mom and working father. Michelle Obama’s mother was a full time mom while her father worked to support his family at the city water plant and served as a Democratic precinct captain.
Michelle Obama was always a bright student attending magnet high schools earning her the honor roll, advanced placement, the treasurer of the student council, and a spot in the National Honor Society.
After high school Michelle Robinson followed her brother’s footsteps and attended Princeton University in New Jersey where she majored in Sociology and minored in African American studies. Michelle Obama then went on to earn her J.D. Law Degree at Harvard Law School in 1988.
After Law School, Michelle went on to work at a law firm. It was there that she met her future husband Barack Obama during a mentor-ship. The relationship started as a business relationship and later developed. In 1992 the couple married and later had two daughters Sasha and Malia.
In 1996 Michelle Obama went on to serve as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago. Following her position as a dean she worked as the Vice President of Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago hospitals.
In 2008, Michelle Obama stood by her husband as he embarked on a journey beginning his 2008 Presidential campaign. Michelle began fund-raising, campaigning and supporting her husband to win the Presidential Election.
As the current first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama continues to promote her initiatives through community efforts by visiting homeless shelters, helping her husband implement policies, advocating public service and more!
Michelle Obama will forever go down in history as the first African American first lady of the United States!