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Becoming

Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.



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The Bottom Line

The former first lady’s memoir traces the story of her family from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side to the White House.

I. Environment Shapes Opportunity

As a child, Michelle Obama was raised in a Chicago neighborhood that was predominantly white. During her school-aged years, however, she saw the the neighborhood’s demographics flip from being 90% white to 90% Black, and she witnessed devastating impact white flight had on her school. While her neighbors left the city for the suburbs, she came to understand how physical environments shape a child’s future. She also observed racial discrimination firsthand as Black men and women she knew were prevented from securing stable jobs, effectively limiting their options to advance and curbing their ambitions. Obama’s parents focused their energy not on racial barriers but on encouraging her and her brother to pursue education and a better future for themselves.

II. Becoming a Role Model

III. The Sacrifices of Ambition

IV. Becoming Never Ceases

V. The Dirty Business of Politics

VI. The Slowness of Change

The Takeaway

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