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WUWM's Teran Powell reports on race and ethnicity in southeastern Wisconsin.

Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Visit To Milwaukee High School While On Book Tour

Students at a Milwaukee charter school got a surprise visit Thursday afternoon from former first lady Michelle Obama.

Several high school juniors from different Milwaukee schools were having an intimate conversation about college in the cafeteria of Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, when Obama walked in — they had no idea she would be there.

They were speechless at the sight of her. Some gasping and almost screaming when they saw her.

Obama is in town for her book tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama. But on top of that, she wanted to talk to Milwaukee students about continuing their education and answer any questions they had for her about her educational journey.

“Whenever I can be a resource, I want to be that,” she says.

The event was hosted by Reach Higher, an initiative Obama began nearly five years ago to inspire students to pursue education beyond high school.

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Teran is WUWM's race & ethnicity reporter.
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