Michelle Obama Story

Michelle Obama Story

Michelle Lavaughn Robinson Obama

Michelle Obama is an American lawyer and writer and the current First Lady of the United States of America through the 44th American president Barack Obama. She is the first African-American First Lady to be in the White House. She is a vocal advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, importance of higher education as well as international adolescent girls education initiatives.

Early Life


Michelle LaVaughn Robinson (Obama) was born on January 17, 1964 in DeYoung, Illinois. She was born to Fraser Robinson III, a city water plant employee and the Democratic precinct Captain, and Marian (nee Shields), a secretary at Spiegel’s Catalog Store and homemaker.


Michelle attended the Whitney Young High School and was a member of the National Honor Society and served as student council treasurer. She graduated from Whitney Young in 1981 as a salutatorian for her class.

She went on to attend Princeton University in the footsteps of her elder brother, Craig Robinson. She became active in the matters of the affairs of minority students in the campus whole at Princeton and was involved in the Third World Center. She graduated cum laude from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and African American Studies in 1985.


Michelle went on to earn her J. D. (Juris Doctor) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. She worked actively at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau while at the law school. She was awarded an honorary membership to the 100-year old black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha in 2008.


After graduating from Harvard, Michelle worked as associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin, where she is reported to have met Barack Obama for the first time. She worked on marketing and intellectual property while at Sidley Austin.


In 1991, Michelle was an Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago and an Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development in the Chicago city’s administration.

In 1993, Michelle became the Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies, a not-for-profit organization that encourages the youth to become active participants in the various social works.


In 1996, Michelle served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she worked on improving the University’s Community Service Center.


In 2002, Michelle started work for the University of Chicago Hospitals, initially as executive director for community affairs and in May of 2005, Michelle was selected as Vice President for Community and External Affairs where she worked full-time till her husband’s first campaign.


Michelle Obama is mostly remembered as the first African American First Lady to grace the White House.


Apart from that, she has been active in community services since her college days. Michelle has delivered keynote addresses at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and also spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


Michelle is the 3rd First Lady to have been a post-graduate, after Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush.

Personal Life


Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is the current First Lady of the United States and wife of the (current) 44th United States President Barack Obama.


Michelle and Barack met at the couple’s first job in the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin and were married at the Trinity United Church of Christ in October of 1992.


Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters, Malia Ann, born in 1998 and Natasha (Sasha) born in 2001.


Michelle Obama has received the Kid’s Choice Big Help Award in 2010.

She also received the Sporty Special Award for GIFStar in 2013.

First Lady Michelle Obama Speech