Michelle Obama: An American Story by David ColbertMichelle Obama grew up on Chicagos South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This look at Michelle Obamas life and the turning points that shaped her shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day.
But this is more than a straight chronological retelling. This book looks at Michelle Obamas life story within the context of the larger movements in African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era.
History is what has shaped Michelle and challenged her. And ultimately, not only has she overcome any obstacles put before her, she has carved out her own place in history as well.
Includes 16 pages of color photos.
Michelle Obama Fast Facts
She was the first African American first lady. Michelle Obama studied sociology and African American studies B. She had several positions in Chicago city government in the s, and, from until she became first lady , Obama worked as an associate dean and in several executive roles at the University of Chicago. In , while at the firm, she met Barack Obama, who had been hired as a summer associate. Seeking a more public-service-oriented career path, in she became an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard M. The following year she and Barack, then a community organizer, were married. In she became the executive director of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago.
She is also a lawyer, the former vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a philanthropist. Robinson III. She describes her parents as important early role models in her life, whom she proudly identifies as "working class. Michelle's mother stayed home with her children until they reached high school. The family lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the top floor of a brick bungalow on Chicago's south side. The living room—converted with a divider down the middle—served as Michelle's bedroom. Michelle and her older brother Craig, now an Ivy League basketball coach at Brown University , grew up hearing the story of their maternal grandfather.
Other Facts: Graduated magna cum laude with a sociology degree from Princeton. February 9, - Launches the national campaign, "Let's Move! April - Launches the national veterans' campaign, "Joining Forces," with Dr. Jill Biden. June 20, - Travels to Africa for a week to focus on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. February 24, - Presents the Academy Award for best picture at the Oscars. March 13, - Along with other high profile celebrities and politicians, Obama's financial information is hacked and posted online.
The best news I've learned this year is that my First Lady's middle name is blackity black black black: LaVaughn. In , The Washington Post reported that Obama learned of her ancestor, Jim Robinson while reconnecting with relatives in South Carolina during a campaign trip. Robinson, who was born around and was a slave until at least around the Civil War, worked on a plantation in the state. The first lady Michelle Obama cute baby pics. Obama grew up in a one-bedroom apartment with her mom, dad and older brother, Craig. She and her brother shared the living room as a bedroom, with a hanging sheet separating the room for privacy. Her dad worked at a water filtration plant and her mom stayed at home to watch her and Craig.