Michelle Obama Revisits London Pupils That Inspired Her

Former First Lady Surprises Students Former US first lady Michelle Obama said she has been “moved, touched and inspired” by London schoolgirls as she returned to a secondary school...

Former First Lady Surprises Students

Former US first lady Michelle Obama said she has been “moved, touched and inspired” by London schoolgirls as she returned to a secondary school that she first visited in 2009.

Mrs. Obama paid another visit to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (EGA) as part of her book tour for her autobiography ‘Becoming’.

She first met pupils from the school during the G20 summit nine years ago, when she had only been first lady for a few months, and later hosted a dozen pupils at the White House.

Mrs Obama was reunited with some of the pupils she first met in 2009 who are now alumni of the school, as well as pupils from nearby Mulberry School, which she visited in 2015.

EGA was closed for the day and 300 students aged between 11 and 16 chose to attend the event, which was part of an extra-curricular conference addressing themes including community cohesion and civic engagement.

Joined on stage by former EGA pupils Winnie Mac and Letrishka Anthony, and Nusrath Hassan, a former pupil of Mulberry School, she said: “Meeting the girls here and the girls at Mulberry reminded me how much courage and talent and hope there is.”

Mrs Obama added: “On a personal level I was moved and touched and inspired as I always am by the young people I meet around the world. It gives me a level of focus and determination when I get to see you all up close.

“And as I said then, you remind me of me and all the fears and all the challenges that you face. You give me a sense of comfort because being first lady wasn’t the easiest job in the world but I got strength from you, so thank you all for that, thanks for giving me that.”

Before Mrs Obama’s arrival, many of the girls stood up in front of their peers in the crowded gym to make pledges about actions they would take to have a positive impact on their school and their wider community.

These included encouraging positive speech and not labeling people, speaking out about bullying and being mindful about those with disabilities.

The pledges were all met with cheers and applause from the assembled pupils.

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