CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 13: Former first lady Michelle Obama kicks off her “Becoming” book tour with a signing at the Seminary Co-op bookstore on November 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. In the book, which was released today, Obama describes her journey from Chicago's South Side to the White House.

Michelle Obama is mostly known as the Former First Lady of the United States. She made history as the First African American woman to hold the title. She served as First Lady during her husband Barack Obama’s historic presidency — he was sworn in as the first-ever Black president of the United States — from 2009 to 2017. They share two daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama. However, her time as a public figure has proven she is more than her job titles but an inspiration to many.

Michelle Obama’s First Lady Initiatives & Beyond

As Michelle served as First Lady, she initiated Let’s Move!, one of the larger programs she initiated. “Elected officials, business leaders, educators, parents, and faith leaders worked together to provide more nutritious food in schools, bring healthy and affordable food into underserved communities, plant vegetable gardens across America, and provide new opportunities for kids to be more active,” the official White House government website states.  The program started on the South Lawn of the White House. Fruits and vegetables were later harvested and served at the White House and donated to organizations in need.

In President Obama’s secord term, she advocated for higher education “She encouraged young people to continue their education past high school in technical schools and community colleges as well as at colleges and universities,” the offical White House government website reads. This program was called Reach Higher Initiative.

Currently, Michelle has an organization called The Girls Opportunity Alliance through The Obama Foundation. It “seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, allowing them to achieve their full potential,” according to the site.

The Release Of Becoming

Michelle released Becoming, her first memoir, in 2018. It won a Grammy for the audio version (narrated by herself) and is a New York Times #1 Best Seller. The book informs readers of the former First Lady’s humble beginnings in the South Side of Chicago, her time in the White House, and most importantly finding her voice and utilizing it for change. Take a look below at seven inspirational quotes from Becoming. The book is available online and at book retailers nationwide.

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