Monday, January 13, 2014

Ahead Of Her 50th Birthday, Michelle Obama To Host Two 'North Star' Events At The White House

Washington, DC - After an extended vacation in Hawaii for an early celebration of her upcoming 50th birthday this Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama will host her first event of 2014 on Wednesday, focused on promoting President Barack Obama's North Star education initiative.  On Thursday, Mrs. Obama will join her husband to host a second North Star event at the White House, her office announced today.

At Wednesday's event, Mrs. Obama will make remarks when she welcomes "college access organizations, youth organizations, high school teachers and counselors, and college students" to the White House for a screening of the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, described by the the East Wing as "a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx."

"The event is part of the First Lady’s ongoing efforts to speak directly to young people about committing to their education so that they can create a better future for themselves and their country," the East Wing said.  

"In particular,  Mrs. Obama’s remarks and discussion will support the Administration’s focus on empowering youth to achieve higher education, especially working to achieve the President’s “North Star” Goal, that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world." 

Following the screening, Senior Administration officials will moderate a discussion about "the challenges and best practices regarding education access in underserved communities," the East Wing said. 

Superstar vocalist Jennifer Hudson and singer Jordin Sparks, who have both appeared at previous White House events, are part of the film's cast, which stars Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon.  It was directed by George Tillman Jr., and released last Fall.

On Thursday,  Mrs. Obama will join her husband in hosting an event focusing "on expanding college opportunity," the East Wing said.  "More information will be forthcoming."

Update, Jan. 14: "College and university presidents and leaders from nonprofits, foundations, state governments, and businesses across the country" will join the President and Mrs. Obama, the White House announced.

Mrs. Obama remained behind in Hawaii when her husband and daughters departed on Jan. 4th to return to Washington, DC, following their Christmas vacation.  She marks her milestone 50th birthday on Friday, Jan. 17th.  

To celebrate, the White House has planned a big private birthday party for the next evening, where Mrs. Obama is encouraging her guests to show off their best dance moves.


*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama