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Michelle Robinson grew up on Chicago’s South Side, she was the daughter of Marian, a homemaker, and Frasier Robinson, a worker in the city’s water-purification plant. She studied sociology and African American studies at Princeton University in New Jersey before attending Harvard Law School. Returning to Chicago, she took a job as a junior associate at Sidley & Austin, where she specialized in intellectual property law.
Michelle grew up in a two-story house on Euclid Street in Chicago’s south shore community area. Her parents rented a small apartment on the house’s second floor from her great-aunt, who lived downstairs. She was raised in what she describes as a “conventional” home, with “the mother at home, the father works, you have dinner around the table.” She attended Whitney Young High School, and the round-trip commute from the Robinsons’ South Side home to the Near West Side, where the school was located, took three hours. Michelle Robinson was on the honor roll for four years, took advanced placement classes, was a member of the National Honor Society, and served as student council treasurer. She graduated in 1981 as the salutatorian of her class. Michelle was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University, where Craig graduated in 1983. At Princeton, she challenged the teaching methodology for French because she felt that it should be more conversational. As part of her requirements for graduation, she wrote a thesis entitled Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community. While at Princeton, she got involved with the Third World Center, an academic and cultural group that supported minority students, running their day care center, which also included after school tutoring. She majored in sociology and minored in African American studies; and she earned her (J.D.) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. At Harvard she participated in demonstrations advocating the hiring of professors who were members of minorities and worked for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, assisting low-income tenants with housing cases.
I thought this book was very well written. It gives a lot of insight to Michelle Obama’s early life and includes interviews with the first lady herself. The author did a great job organizing the ideas and main points in the book and I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.