Black History Month: Michelle Obama
Michelle Robinson Obama, former First Lady of the United States, was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. When looking back at the eight years she spent in office, her accomplishments are astounding.
Michelle is most known for passing The School Lunch program. According to BlackDoctor.org, this program ensured that more than 21 million low-income children were given free, healthy meals. It also required schools to serve more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products to students. She also started the Let’s Move campaign in hopes to get kids moving for at least 60 minutes a day.
Another accomplishment of the former First Lady was when she worked with the US Tennis Association to create 6,200 tennis courts for children across the country. This was another step she took in hopes of helping American children become more active.
According to The White House Archives, in 2011, Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden launched a nationwide program called “Joining Forces.” The goal for this initiative was to provide wellness, education, and job opportunities for veterans and those who have served.
Before being in office, Mrs. Obama still had several impressive accolades. She studied sociology and African American studies at Princeton University before attending the prestigious Harvard Law School.
Apart from her admirable accomplishments, I look up to Michelle Obama for her willingness to stop hate and spread love. She and her husband often advocated for LGBTQ+ youth, Black Lives Matter (BLM), and acceptance of minorities overall.
It is inspiring to watch someone receive such an important position of power and still do good with it. As a First Lady, Michelle helped change the United States for the better, but as a person, she helped children to be healthy and learn to accept themselves.
Additionally, the fact that she was born in Chicago also speaks to me since that is so close to my birthplace. It helps me believe that even the hardest dreams really are achievable no matter where you are from.
I was only six years old when the Obamas were elected, but I remember growing up with them and hoping to someday help the world the same way I watched them do.
Michelle Obama did good with her leadership and continues to inspire people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds every single day. It takes a genuine person to be able to stay true to who they are despite being in charge of an entire country.