Michelle Obama @michelleobama

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Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming

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This huggable young woman is Shayla Allen—and she’s the next young history-maker I want to tell you about during #BlackHistoryMonth. I met Shayla in Philadelphia last November along with several of her friends at @beGirl.world. In addition to working hard in her classes at Central High School, Shayla is active in the African American student union and poetry club. She loves to dance, whether it’s modern, jazz, ballet, or anything else. One day, she hopes to be an English or science teacher. She shared her own #IAmBecoming story with me saying,

This huggable young woman is Shayla Allen—and she’s the next ...

Jaquan Frierson is the next young history-maker I want to tell you about for #BlackHistoryMonth. I saw Jaquan last year at the @motownmuseum with a group of inspiring young men from @waynestate —and it turned out he’d celebrated #CollegeSigningDay in Detroit with me 3 years earlier, too. He’s been busy since I saw him last. 
Jaquan is a first-generation college student. He’s studying mechanical engineering. He’s conducting research into new sources of renewable energy. He’s a volunteer math tutor for Detroit public schools. And he started his own record label. 
There are a lot of roads in front of Jaquan—he hopes to start a business in Detroit someday—just like there are unlimited pathways for all those students like him across the country. They might be the first in their families to get a college degree, but they won’t be the last. 
Now, I want to hear from you! Share a story of a first-generation college student paving the way for those behind them by using #ShareBlackStories. #FlashbackFriday

Jaquan Frierson is the next young history-maker I want to ...

photo_library So lucky to call these three my valentines for all these years. 💕

So lucky to call these three my valentines for all ...

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photo_library Today I sat down with several young people from the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, Arizona, home to the Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh tribes. To me, these students are living proof of the power of resilience. No matter what they’re facing, no matter their circumstances, they get up every day believing that they can make life better for themselves, their families, and their peers. I believe in them, too—and I hope you do as well. This isn’t the last time we’ll hear from Samaira, Andrew, Adam, Charisma, Daniel, Karissa, and Erica. #ReachHigher

Today I sat down with several young people from the ...

For me, a big part of friendship is showing up for your girls—whether that’s for a birthday, a quick catch-up after work, or a major milestone. So I was thrilled to be there for the one and only @aliciakeys at the #GRAMMYs. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and thoughtful people I know—there’s no one better to help us all celebrate the unifying power of music!

For me, a big part of friendship is showing up ...

This #BlackHistoryMonth, I’m paying tribute not only to the contributions that have been made over the years, but all the history being made right now. 
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing stories of young people I’ve met in the past year—young people who stand on the shoulders of the giants we celebrate this month while also building a legacy of their own.

This charming young woman is Alexandra Swain, who I met when I visited my alma mater, @WhitneyMYoungHS, in Chicago. She’s a junior there, editor of the school newspaper, president of the mock trial team, and a mentor to younger students. Outside of school, she volunteers at a retirement home, an animal welfare organization, and her local parks district.

She’s making history, day by day, in big ways and in small. What gives me hope is that there are millions of young people like Alexandra doing us proud all across the country. They’re a reminder that so much of our history is yet to be written. 
Now, I call on you to share your own stories with #ShareBlackStories. #FlashbackFriday

This #BlackHistoryMonth, I’m paying tribute not only to the contributions ...

play_circle_filled Since I published my memoir, one of my favorite parts of the whole experience has been hearing from all of you—especially those of you in book clubs. I know that you all have been having some long discussions with your friends, and I hope it’s been worthwhile. So, as I prepare for the conversations I’ll be having on this final leg of my book tour, I’d love to hear more about what you all have been talking about! What issues have you been focusing on? What resonated in your own lives? What did you want to hear more about? Share your thoughts with me using #IAmBecoming. Also, your book club could get tickets to one of my events this spring—learn more at becomingmichelleobama.com.

Since I published my memoir, one of my favorite parts ...

play_circle_filled Give it up for National School Counselor of the Year Brian Coleman from my hometown of Chicago! Hearing his story is the perfect kind of #MondayMotivation for #NSCW19. To Brian and school counselors across the country, thank you for helping our students reach their full potential! Now I want to hear from you: Tell me about how a school counselor has helped you on your journey. #ReachHigher

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Thank you all so much for the birthday love—I love you all right back! Feeling so incredibly thankful for my South Side roots, my soul-affirming partner and daughters, and every unimaginable twist and turn over these 55 years. Can’t wait to see what becomes of the next one!

Thank you all so much for the birthday love—I love ...

As I reflect on the past year, I’m so thankful and overwhelmed by all the new experiences and memories. From launching new endeavors and engaging new voters to sharing my story with all of you—and hearing about so many of yours as well. Thank you all for joining me on this journey and for sharing so much of yourselves. There’s so much to discover in 2019! #IAmBecoming #top9

As I reflect on the past year, I’m so thankful ...

photo_library My #IAmBecoming 2018 tour could not have been possible without these terrific, trailblazing women. From longtime mentors to friends new and old, I couldn't have done this without each and every one of them! ❤️

My #IAmBecoming 2018 tour could not have been possible without ...