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Michelle Obama's Biography

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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, who later became better known as Michelle Obama, was born on January 17, 1964.

Michelle Obama is African-American. Her father, Fraser was a water-pump operator, who had multiple sclerosis, and her mother Marian was a secretary. They lived in Chicago's South Side.

After Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Michelle Obama followed her brother Craig in going to Princeton University. In 1985 she gained a B.A. in sociology and a minor in African American studies.

The Times printed an extract from Michelle Obama's thesis (copyright Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, 1985): "My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. I have found that, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don't belong. Regardless of the circumstances under which I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second. These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

After Princeton, Michelle Obama went to Harvard Law School, where she gained her degree in 1988. She joined the corporate law firm Sidley & Austin and in 1989 fate stepped in when she was assigned as mentor to the then law student, Barack Obama.

Michelle and Barack Obama married in 1992.

Barack Obama's official website has a detailed account of Michelle Obama's career since she entered a career in public service in 1991, including her roles as an assistant to the mayor, as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, as a founding executive director of Public Allies - Chicago, and various roles at the University of Chicago.

Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

On 4 November 2008, Michelle's husband Barack Obama was elected President of the USA.

In 2018, she wrote an autobiography entitled Becoming.

In August 2020, Michelle Obama said she was suffering from "low-grade depression" because of the pandemic, racial injustice and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration.

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