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The Encouragement of Michelle Obama

As part of its work in updating its Effective Black Parenting Program, the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) has been reviewing recent books about and by Michelle Obama. It is clear that many of the ways she was brought up by her parents and extended family members on the south side of Chicago, are similar to what the program teaches parents to do with their children.

In addition, there is a public presentation by Michelle that will be incorporated into the updated program. That inspiring presentation was delivered to a high school graduating class in June 2010.

The presentation appeared in the Introduction of a book about Michelle by Peter Slevin, Michelle Obama: A Life (2015, Vantage Books). Mr. Slevin spent a decade on the national staff of the Washington Post, before joining Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

His rendition of her speech is available by clicking HERE. CICC is calling her powerful and candid speech The Encouragement of Michelle Obama.

For information on the history and impact of CICC’s Effective Black Parenting Program, visit