Miriam Archibong tells how Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, is inspiring her to set higher goals in life.
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Like every other little girl, I grew up dreaming about my future. But never in my wildest fantasies had I envisioned myself as being President of the United States.
I somehow understood that there were certain things that were not within my reach because of being black.
That all changed this year.
And for me, it’s as much about the rise of Michelle Obama as her husband. I was in Denver when she delivered her inspiring speech to the Democratic convention delegates, dispelling every negative myth about black women.
After the convention, I carried Michelle Obama’s energy and spirit back with me to Atlanta…to share with two at risk high school girls I’m mentoring. They watched Michelle Obama’s speech on TV, and said they felt proud of her and were not going to let challenges stop them. I could tell that both young women were beginning to set higher goals for themselves. Inspired by these conversations, I decided to re-visit my goals too.
Michelle Obama is a real life embodiment of the change African American, and indeed all young women, need to see.