Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming
Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming
Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us. Artwork: @nikkolas_smith
It's been such a joy spending my Mondays reading with all of you. I’ve loved seeing the photos of your little ones reading along—thank you for sharing and commenting about what it means for you as parents to have a little break during this time. I hope you and your child continue to read at home this summer! To round out the series, we'll spend today reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “Can I Be Your Dog?” Make sure to watch until the end to see two very special surprise guests! 🐾
For today’s read along, I’ll be reading not one, but two books! First up is “Giraffe Problems,” then @BarackObama will join me to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich!" I hope your child enjoys these stories. Share what parts they loved most in the comments below!
It takes courage to share our stories with the world. Before my memoir was published, I started to think that maybe opening up about my own struggles wasn’t such a good idea. I worried about how I’d be received, or whether I was sharing too much. But after talking with so many of you across the country and around the world, I can tell you that making myself vulnerable led to some of the most meaningful connections of my life. As you’re watching BECOMING, I hope you begin to think about your own journey—the ups, downs, and everything in between. Share your story with me using #IAmBecoming ––I can’t wait to hear from you.
Barack and I had so much fun reading “The Word Collector” for a family read-a-long through the @ChicagoPublicLibrary . This book is one of my favorites—it brings me back to being a little kid, making my way through the stacks at our neighborhood library, discovering new worlds, and losing myself in the magic of words. I hope you and your children enjoy it as much as we did.
When we get active in civic life, we grasp hold of our own power. Young people have an especially important role to play—we need them at the table to truly move this country forward. That’s why I loved seeing these students from Chicago use their voices to take on today’s challenges. As a graduate of @ChiPubSchools myself, I am so proud to be in the company of these terrific young leaders. Keep making our city—and our country—proud!
Today, I’ll be reading one of my favorites: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This book holds a special place in my heart––I used to read it to my girls when they were little, and it was one of their favorite bedtime books. I hope you and your child enjoy reading along today!
From birthdays to family trips to graduations, my mother has always been there to offer an extra hand, marvel in life’s small joys, and be our rock to get through this time. In this challenging moment, many of us have been reminded that life—and especially parenting—so rarely goes according to plan. So many mothers have been working tirelessly to get their families, workplaces, communities––and themselves––through this crisis. And I know many of you are separated from your families today, whether due to physical distancing or because your loved ones are essential workers, sacrificing this time to keep the rest of us safe. I'm sure that many of you would rather be out of the house, spending this day with your mom or whomever fills that role in your life. I feel that too. So I'm taking some time today to reach out to the amazing mothers in my life—friends, mentors, aunts, elders—who may need a little extra love today. That includes so many of you. From my family to yours, #HappyMothersDay .
As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, I’m reflecting on the lessons that my mom taught me and my brother Craig over the years. When we were growing up, she always gave us the space to ask questions and share our ideas. And she always took us seriously, carefully considering what we had to say and responding with thoughtful questions, and plenty of encouragement. All along, she was empowering us to be ourselves, kindling the unique flame burning inside each of us. She laid out the blueprint for how I have raised my own girls. Mom, you are my rock and my best friend, and you have been a guiding light throughout my life. I love you! ❤️ #IAmBecoming
This #TeacherAppreciationWeek , I want to thank the teachers who've continued to go above and beyond for students across America and around the world. Your passion, dedication, and support makes all the difference in the lives of our young people. From celebrating your students during virtual show-and-tells to finding new ways to make lessons come alive through a screen, you have been beacons of light for all of us during this difficult time. You are our heroes, and we cannot thank you enough.
Last year while visiting my old high school, Whitney M. Young in Chicago, I met with a group of remarkable young women on the cusp of finishing school and figuring out who they are becoming. Elizabeth wasn’t sure why she was selected to meet with me that day. She didn't believe her story mattered. But as you will see here, her story is amazing and so is she. Elizabeth inspired me, and I think she will inspire you, too. I can't wait for you to tune in to BECOMING, now out on @Netflix . #IAmBecoming
To the #Classof2020 , I know how hard you all have worked to make it to graduation. You’ve put in long hours studying. You’ve thrown yourself into extracurricular activities and after-school jobs. And you’ve done everything you can to be there for your friends through it all. Some of you will be the first in your families to graduate from high school or college, making this occasion all the more special. And I know that none of you imagined you would be closing this chapter of your life through a computer or phone screen. But I still want to make sure you still get the celebration you deserve. That’s why, through my @reachhigher Initiative, I’m working with @youtube Originals to host a special virtual graduation for you on June 6th. Whether you’re graduating from high school, college, or any other kind of school––we want you, your family, and all of your loved ones to be a part of this celebration. And we want to do this right for all of you, so I’ll be inviting some very special guests—including @BarackObama —to help ring in this momentous day. RSVP here bit.ly/RHGraduation and then tune in on June 6th at yt.be/classof2020. #ReachHigher
In the film BECOMING, you will get to know an extraordinary young woman named Shayla, who I met while spending time with the girls at @begirl .world in Philadelphia. Watching Shayla get ready for school with her energetic, loving mother and brother, I was reminded so much of my own family growing up––the laughter, support, and sacrifices are all so familiar. I love seeing Shayla discover the power of her story, and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. In the film, she says that she wants to be successful, but also hopes to have a positive impact on somebody. Well, she already has. I’m inspired by Shayla and so grateful to her for sharing her story with us. #IAmBecoming
This week, I’m excited to read “Miss Maple's Seeds” with @PBSKids and @PenguinRandomHouse . In this book we’ll hear from Miss Maple, who loves nature and celebrates the miracle that lives within every seed. I hope you and your child enjoy reading along this week. Share your child’s favorite part of the book in the comments below!
Today, I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek of BECOMING before it premieres on Netflix this Wednesday, May 6. This movie tells my story, from my childhood on the South Side of Chicago to my life today—and it celebrates the stories of so many people I met along the way. My journey has taught me that if we stay open—if we share what’s important to us and listen carefully to what others share about their own lives—we find our strength, and we find our community. I am so grateful to everyone who has shared their story with me over the years. They have inspired me, given me strength, and helped me find my way. I hope you enjoy the film and that it reminds you of the power and importance of your own story. #IAmBecoming
Every year on May 1, we celebrate #CollegeSigningDay to honor students across the country who’ve made the commitment to pursue higher education. We usually host big events where families and communities come together to lift up the achievements of these young people. This year is obviously different. And I know these last few weeks haven’t been easy––especially for students trying to decide on their plans for the future. So to all the young people out there, I want you to know that I see you. I know you’ve worked so hard to make your dreams come true. And I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on––and celebrate––everything you’ve accomplished. I’m so proud of you and will be cheering for your every step of the way as your journey continues. #ReachHigher
Yesterday, I read one of my favorites: “There’s a Dragon in Your Book” with @PenguinRandomHouse and @PBSKids . It’s a fun read that requires a little imagination and a lot of heart. I can’t wait for you and your children to read along––tell me about your favorite part of the book in the comments below!
I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by @nadiahallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir. Those months I spent traveling—meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe—drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with. In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries, and dreams. We processed the past and imagined a better future. In talking about the idea of ‘becoming,’ many of us dared to say our hopes out loud. I treasure the memories and that sense of connection now more than ever, as we struggle together to weather this pandemic, as we care for our loved ones, and cope with loss, confusion, and uncertainty. It’s hard these days to feel grounded or hopeful, but I hope that like me, you’ll find joy and a bit of respite in what Nadia has made. Because she’s a rare talent, someone whose intelligence and compassion for others comes through in every frame she shoots. Most importantly, she understands the meaning of community, the power of community, and her work is magically able to depict it. As many of you know, I’m a hugger. My whole life, I’ve seen it as the most natural and equalizing gesture one human can make toward another—the easiest way of saying, “I’m here for you.” And this is one of the toughest parts of our new reality: Things that once felt simple—going to see a friend, sitting with someone who is hurting, embracing someone new—are now not simple at all. But I’m here for you. And I know you are here for one another. Even as we can no longer safely gather we need to stay open and able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Empathy is our lifeline here. Let’s use it to redirect our attention toward what matters most, and find ways to better remake the world in the image of our hopes. Even in hard times, our stories help cement our values and strengthen our connections. Sharing them shows us the way forward. I love and miss you all. #IAmBecoming .
After several weeks of physical distancing, it’s so important that we continue to regularly check in with the people we care about—our friends, neighbors, grandparents, and anyone we know who might be sheltering in place on their own right now. A simple text or quick call can go a long way in letting someone know they aren’t in this alone. And the benefit goes both ways. For me, the simple act of reaching out to my loved ones, especially to my Mom, never fails to lift my spirits. If you’re not sure how to start, @ChicagosMayor Lori Lightfoot has been sharing some helpful tips for making well-being calls part of your routine. Little things like scheduling your call for the same time every week and making sure to have conversations about the latest safety guidance can help keep all of us healthy and connected. We're all in this together—and we’ll get through it together too. 💪🏾 #StayAtHome
As a young parent, I found so much joy in rediscovering my favorite children’s books with my daughters. The time I spent reading with them, creating voices for our favorite characters and beaming with pride as they started to recognize words and read along, is something we all still cherish to this day. As First Lady, I had the privilege of sharing my love of stories with children everywhere, and today, I’m excited to pick that back up with “The Gruffalo”—my first read-along in what will be a four-week series with @PBSKids and @PenguinRandomHouse . I hope you’ll tune in today with your family at 12pm ET on PBS Kids’s YouTube channel or Facebook page!
We can still make a difference even as we #StayHome . Excited to join @whenweallvote 's voter registration #CouchParty tonight with my friends @tomhanks and @ritawilson ! And of course @dnice will be playing a live set while we spread the word! Make sure to get your friends and family there so we can register everyone we know! RSVP now to join us at 7:15pm ET: weall.vote/couchparty
Thank you to all the essential workers out there who are getting up every day and risking their lives on our behalf––working in hospitals, grocery stores, transit systems, and those providing so many other critical services. @LauraWBush and I were honored to join @glblctzn ’s One World: #TogetherAtHome Special to show our support for their heroic efforts. They are in our hearts and our prayers, and we are so grateful for everything they’re doing to get us through this moment.