Michelle Obama Delivers Message On Urban Radio To Get People Even More Serious About Avoiding COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 23: Michelle Obama is pictured at the 2019 Beating the Odds Summit at Howard University on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Reach Higher, started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House, works to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or in the military. Reach Higher continues to help underrepresented students navigate the college-going process by raising awareness about helpful tools and resources; meeting students where they are and tailoring technical assistance to meet their unique needs, and building the capacity of the school counseling profession.(Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Michelle Obama Delivers Message On Urban Radio To Get People Even More Serious About Avoiding COVID-19

The former First Lady released a PSA for communities of color on several popular shows.

Published April 21st

Written by Madison J. Gray

While cities and states continue to measure the spread of coronavirus, with one state attempting reopening by the end of the week, former First Lady Michelle Obama is focusing on keeping the most vulnerable communities safe while suggesting we all continue to follow social distancing guidelines.

Mrs. Obama released an audio public service announcement on Tuesday (April 21) that went out on several syndicated urban radio shows including “The Breakfast Club”; “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”; “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” and “Nick Cannon Mornings.”

“If you want to catch up with someone you love or get together for dinner, or church or birthday, we have to do it over the phone or by video,” explains Mrs. Obama. “And if you have to go to the grocery store or the doctor or take a walk to stretch your legs, just stay six feet away from others and wash your hands before and after.”

This is not the only initiative our Forever First Lady is participating in while the nation is under quarantine from the coronavirus pandemic. She has also begun working with PBS Kids to host a weekly storytime livestream called “Mondays with Michelle Obama,” which can be viewed on the PBS Kids Facebook page and YouTube channel along with Penguin Random House’s Facebook page.

“At this time when so many families are under so much stress, I’m excited to give kids a chance to practice their reading and hear some wonderful stories (and to give parents and caretakers a much-needed break),” she said in a statement. 

And, she’s not stopping there. Mrs. Obama has also used her influence, connecting with Hollywood friends to put emphasis on voting. Monday night, she joined actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson for a voter registration #CouchParty2.0 with the advocacy group she co-chairs, When We All Vote. During her appearance, she voiced support for absentee ballots.

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“After what happened in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, I don’t think you need me to tell you that this work is more urgent than ever before,” she said. “No one should have to choose between casting their ballot and keeping their families and communities safe.”

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