By: Charlotte Filak
You may think February is just an ordinary month, but I know it’s not. It’s Black History Month! Throughout the years there have been some amazing people who have fought for civil rights. These people don’t just fight for civil rights; they fight for freedom and justice. Although there are so many people that I am very thankful for, one person that stands out for me is Michelle Obama!
She was born as Michele LaVaughn Robinson January 17th 1964 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Fraser and Marian Robinson. She had one brother, Craig. They were very often mistaken as twins even though they are twenty-one months apart. In 1985 Michelle graduated from Whitney M.Young High School. She then followed in her brother’s footsteps attending Princeton University where she graduated in 1985. After graduating she became a law student at Harvard Law School and was later awarded her J.D in 1988. After graduating she worked as an associate in the Chicago branch firm where she met Barack Obama who she would later marry on October 3, 1992. After six years of marriage, they had their first daughter, Malia in 1998 and then their second daughter, Sasha in 2001. Besides being a lawyer and a mom, she was the 44th first lady of the United States of America when her husband Barack Obama took office in January 20th 2009 until 2017.
During Michelle Obama’s run as the first lady she gave many encouraging speeches that helped people find the right path. Although she gave many important speeches one of the most memorable speeches was her last one on January 13th 2017. It was an emotional and unforgettable speech that America will always remember. “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don't be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear,” was the speech she gave. It was a beautiful speech, but she did not stop there, and I doubt that she will stop.
Besides the speeches, she helped people in need. She also volunteered at soup kitchens and taught young people about the importance of volunteering and helping people in need. Throughout that time, she was helping homeless people and people with heath problems get what they needed. Michelle Obama was an amazing first lady, but she’s also an amazing person with a huge heart. She’s just one person that can make a difference!