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Peace & Justice Gurus: Michelle Obama

Social Justice Enforcer

Michelle Obama's Gift to America

Official portrait of Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House

DOB- Jan 17th, 1964

Education

  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (salutatorian, 1981) 

  • Princeton University B.A. in Sociology (cum laude, 1985)

  • Harvard Law School J.D. degree (1988)

Works

  • Assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall

  • The founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies

  • Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago

  • Let’s Move program

  • Joining Forces program

  • Reach Higher Initiative program 

  • Let Girls Learn program (Raised 27 million)

Part of the fight against injustice is preventing it from happening. We do this through social programs, by ensuring everyone has access to food and water along with other basic human rights. Michelle understood this and spent her life, not just her husband’s presidency, fighting for it.

Quotes

13 OF OUR FAVOURITE MICHELLE OBAMA QUOTES – ARNAonline

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES BY MICHELLE OBAMA - The Insider Tales

“I believe that education is the single-most important civil rights issue that we face today. Because in the end, if we really want to solve issues like mass incarceration, poverty, racial profiling, voting rights, and the kinds of challenges that shocked so many of us over the past year, then we simply cannot afford to lose out on the potential of even one young person. We cannot allow even one more young person to fall through the cracks.”
— First Lady Michelle Obama, February 20, 2015

Programs

Let’s Move program

  • To fight obesity

  • Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

    • Updated School nutrition standards for the first time in 15 years

    • Increased school lunch funding for the first time in 30 years

    • Healthier school lunches (Over 50 Million kids)

    • Healthy and affordable food for families

    • Increased the number of students able to get reduced or free lunches

    • Updated FDA Nutrition Facts labels to make them more accurate

    • Easier access to fruits and veggies

  • Let’s Move Active School

    • 60 minute of physical activity in school (Over 12 Million kids)

  • And more Let’s Move (City, Outside, Childcare, etc)

Joining Forces program

  • To help veterans and their families

  • Expanded job opportunities

  • Expanded education

  • Expanded education opportunities

  • Expanded health and wellness programs

Reach Higher Initiative program 

  • Exposing students to college and career opportunities

  • Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality

  • Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities

  • Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college

Let Girls Learn program

  • Quality and equal education for girls

  • Raised 27 million

Books

American Grown by Michelle Obama: 9780307956026 | PenguinRandomHouse.com:  Books