First lady Michelle Obama, who turns 50 on Friday, sent a message to the White House asking Americans to make a local commitment to help at least one young person make their way into higher education.
Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Obama is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
She has accomplished in 50 years what takes many people a lifetime. She earned degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met President Barack Obama.
With the ascent of her husband as a prominent national politician, Michelle Obama has become a part of popular culture.