Dozens of students boarded a charter bus with no clue they were going to see former First Lady Michelle Obama kick off her book tour “Becoming” at the United Center.
Their outing was the result of a letter Chareice White, ECIER Foundation founder and group CEO, sent to Obama’s camp, asking if they’d be willing to “gift their students with Obama’s inspiration.”
ECIER (Educate Create Innovate Entrepreneur Relationships) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth by providing innovative programs designed to teach leadership skills.
“I was not expecting this,” said Myah Webb, ECIER and 21st Century Charter School senior. “This is pretty awesome and a day I will never forget. I love Michelle Obama and what she stands for, and I am so thankful for this opportunity.”
During the tour, Obama challenged audience members to reflect on who they are becoming and emphasized her philosophy of “going high when they go low.” She shared her family’s experience in the White House and the trials and tribulations of everyday life.
Hosting the event similar to her TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey complimented the former First Lady for letting people see her fullness and letting the world in on the Obamas’ lives.
Obama held no punches as she emphasized the importance of sharing each other’s stories and finding connection and value in each other.
“To be quite honest, I’m overwhelmed with emotions,” said Miller Blackwell, ECIER and Merrillville High School senior. “Michelle Obama is an icon that stands up for what she believes in. I admire her for sharing her knowledge and experiences, and I may just read her new book.”