By Paul McCaffrey
During this all-new biography, readers will find out how Michelle Obama overcame stumbling blocks to be successful and the way her tale is influencing different younger ladies this day.
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After Fraser III’s parents moved back to Georgetown in 1974, the family would drive to South Carolina during the summers to visit. A city girl, Michelle had trouble adjusting to the sounds of crickets late at night as she was falling asleep. They also vacationed in White Cloud, Michigan, at Duke’s Happy Holiday Resort. A three- or four- hour drive from Chicago, Duke’s was a popular destination spot for the city’s black residents. The Robinsons would stay in White Cloud for up to a week. • 35 36 • MICHELLE OBAMA EDUCATION Though circumstances had prevented both Marian and Fraser III from completing college, it was not due to a lack of talent.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS When Michelle was still a toddler, her father came down with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. MS interferes with the transmission of signals from the brain and spinal column to the rest of the body. Those suffering from it can display a number of different symptoms, from fatigue and vision problems to depression and difficulty walking. In some cases, it can be permanently disabling. Some forms of MS are progressive, meaning they grow worse over time.
In 1975, partly to comply with the courts on integrating city schools, but also to provide gifted and motivated African-American students like Michelle with the education they deserved, the Chicago Board of Education created the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. As a magnet school, Whitney Young, which was located in Chicago’s West Loop, would attract students from all over the city, not just those from the surrounding community. , a civil rights leader from Kentucky, the school sought to attract a diverse student population and offer them the best education possible.