Recently, Michelle Obama sat down with Parade magazine to talk about everything from the upcoming anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech to the significance of having an African American family in the White House.
The FLOTUS is turning 50 years old in January, but there’s another 50th anniversary that’s coming up first. Fifty years ago, on August 28, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave his famous address. When asked about the upcoming anniversary, Obama said she has “immense hope,” especially given that she recently met with President Mandela on her trip to Africa. She continued that to “come back to the United States” with an African American president in office who was influenced by both King and Mandela is another “reason to be hopeful about all that Dr. King sacrificed.”
Another reason to celebrate is the significance of young children seeing an African American family in the White House. When asked, Obama said she “absolutely” believes it has changed something. She said that children born during the President’s term will “only know an African American man being president,” and that it represents an opportunity for all children, “regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender.”
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