This Week In Black History
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama, she is the first African-American to serve as First Lady of the United States. As host of The Michelle Obama Podcast, the former First Lady dives deep into conversations with loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.
While in the White House, Mrs. Obama championed her four main initiatives, and has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education.
When people ask Mrs. Obama to describe herself, she doesn’t hesitate to say that first and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha’s mom.
But before she was a mother — or a wife, lawyer, or public servant — she was Fraser and Marian Robinson’s daughter. The Robinsons lived in a brick bungalow on the South Side of Chicago. Fraser was a pump operator for the Chicago Water Department, and despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age, he hardly ever missed a day of work. Marian stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother Craig, skillfully managing a busy household filled with love, laughter, and important life lessons.