Michelle Obama: African-Americans Owe It to Ancestors to Get Educated

FLOTUS covers Essence magazine and talks about teaching her daughters perseverance and accountability.

Posted: 07/01/2014 11:54 AM EDT
Michelle Obama, Essence magazine

(Photo: Essence Magazine, August 2014)

How lucky would we be if we could call Michelle Obama mom? In the August issue of Essence, FLOTUS poses on the cover looking radiant in a blue Azede Jean Pierre dress embellished with a crystal brooch. Inside, she talks about the importance of education and what values she tries to instill in her daughters Sasha and Malia.

"I know I tell my kids all the time that they shouldn't shy away from difficult things, because that is the point at which you are really growing. It's not just about grades or test scores," Obama said. "Today our kids may shy away from applying to college if they think they don't have the right grade or test score. But the truth is that the kids who succeed and go on to be successful professionals are the ones who know how to work hard."

She also talks with her daughters about not taking their experiences for granted, being grateful and in turn being positive role models to the community.

"We talk about responsibility and accountability, about making sure that they're not wasting the opportunities they're given. We make sure they know how lucky they are and that, because of that, they have an obligation to have their acts together and to take their education very seriously," she said.

"We cannot waste the opportunity that we have here in America, especially as African-Americans," she continued. "Our ancestors fought and bled and died so that we could go to school. And I still think about that."


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