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Girl from the South Side and former First Lady. Wife, mother, dog lover. Always hugger-in-chief. #IAmBecoming

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Today I&amprsquom headed to @Howard1867 for our 5th annual #BeatingTheOdds Summit where I&amprsquoll be reunited&ampnbspwith some of the students I&amprsquove met over the years. One of these is a resilient young woman named Rachel McKenzie Scott&ampmdashand her story like so many of those we&amprsquoll be celebrating today&ampmdashcouldn&amprsquot be more inspiring.

For much of her life Rachel felt like the world was working against her. She lost her mother when she was 12&ampnbspand not long after&ampnbspher father left their family.&ampnbspShe and her siblings became wards of the state of Washington and her&ampnbsptwo younger siblings&ampnbspentered foster care.&ampnbspShe&amprsquod go to bed at night wondering where her next meal would come from and&ampnbspshe&amprsquod wake up in the morning worried that she wouldn&amprsquot have clean clothes for school.&ampnbspEvery day&ampnbspshe&ampnbspworried about her&ampnbspfamily&amprsquos safety and she often thought about dropping out and giving up.

But Rachel bet on herself. She asked for help and leaned on her mentor Melissa Repp to get through high school&ampnbspand college. At the University of Washington she found professors she could open up to&ampnbspfriends she could relate to&ampnbspand a trusty support dog Blu who was always there when she needed her.

Today she&amprsquos a graduate from the University of Washington about to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming an oceanographer. But that&amprsquos only part of the story&ampmdashI&amprsquoll let Rachel tell you the rest. Check out my Instagram Story today as she takes it over and gives you a behind-the-scenes-look at today&amprsquos Summit..

Today I&rsquom headed to @Howard1867 for our 5t ...

This is Darius Wesley who I first met at a #BeatingTheOdds Summit back in 2014. Back then he&amprsquod just graduated from North Lawndale College Prep in my hometown of Chicago. Growing up on the west side of the city Darius lost friends and family members to violence and drugs. In high school he was forced to uproot his life when his mother faced a series of health issues. At times Darius told me he just wanted to give up. But he didn&amprsquot. He couldn&amprsquot. It&amprsquos not who he is. Five years later he&amprsquos channeled the lessons he learned while overcoming those obstacles into a marketing degree at Cleveland State University&ampmdashbecoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. I could not be prouder of this young man. Looking back Darius said &ampquotI appreciate those challenges-&ampndashthey caused me to reach back and remember the support system that I have in the back of my pocket. All of the teachers and coaches that believe in me as a player as a student as a person. My mother sisters and brothers are all looking for me to just do better.&ampquot Next Tuesday Darius will once again join me in DC for our 5th anniversary #BeatingTheOdds Summit with @ReachHigher2020&ampmdashone of the most inspiring days of the year. And in the meantime I want to hear from all of you Whos a young person in your life who is #BeatingTheOdds? Share their stories with me in the comments below. #ReachHigher.

This is Darius Wesley who I first met at a #Beatin ...

Wishing a wonderful birthday to @Malala! When I first met Malala a few years back I was blown away by her eloquence and her conviction to stand up for girls just like her in every corner of the globe. That conversation helped inspire me to focus more deeply on girls&amprsquo education around the world. Right now there are tens of millions of girls who are not in school&ampmdashgirls who are bright hardworking and hungry to learn. To celebrate #MalalaDay join me and @GirlsOpportunityAlliance in our work to empower girls in countries like South Africa Ethiopia and Tanzania. I hope youll head over to the link in my bio to learn more and get involved..

Wishing a wonderful birthday to @Malala! When I fi ...

play_circle_filled At the Women&amprsquos World Cup we saw how sports can focus inspire and elevate us all. Thuba Sibanda is an @ObamaFoundation leader who&amprsquos using sports to empower girls in Namibia every single day. You can support leaders like Thuba through the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance and I hope you do. Check out the link in my bio to learn more and get involved..

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I was lucky enough to share a few moments with Cameron Boyce&ampmdashon set at the White House and on a service project&ampmdashenough time to recognize that not only did he have incredible talent but also an incredible heart. Sending out a lot of love and hugs to his family friends and his many many fans..

I was lucky enough to share a few moments with Cam ...

play_circle_filled One thing I keep hearing from women across the country is how hard it is for us to put ourselves first. Were the first to care for our friends families coworkers but we are last on our own list. The good news is we can make a change. I&amprsquove seen it in my own life. And that starts with all of us as women searching within ourselves and our stories&ampmdashand sharing what we&amprsquove learned with one another. So I want to hear from you! What do you do to make yourself more of a priority?.

One thing I keep hearing from women across the cou ...

What a great night here in New Orleans celebrating 25 years of#EssenceFest and #BlackGirlMagic. Thanks to @GayleKing for sitting down with me to talk about all things #IAmBecoming relationships and just how hard it is as women to put ourselves first..

What a great night here in New Orleans celebrating ...

Hey #EssenceFest! I brought a few of my girlfriends with me to New Orleans and we cant wait to join you tonight in the Superdome. Whos ready?!.

Hey #EssenceFest! I brought a few of my girlfriend ...

‪Pretty grateful for this guy. Happy Father&amprsquos Day! ‬.

‪Pretty grateful for this guy. Happy Father&r ...

I love this photo of my father because it shows so much of his presence&ampmdashhis strength his poise and yes his style. My dad was pretty cool. He was proud and warm with a smooth baritone voice and ready laugh. He was also quite punctual as you can see from his wristwatch suntan. But I also love this photo because its imperfections capture a lot about what it&amprsquos like for me to think about him today. This snapshot is a reminder that all memories are somewhat incomplete a photographic representation that my time with him was cut short. And that&amprsquos ok&ampmdashthat&amprsquos life. And that&amprsquos why today and every day I&amprsquom grateful for all of it for every imperfect photograph for every incomplete memory and for the many wonderful beautiful years I had to learn and love &ampmdash and be loved by &ampmdash my father. Happy Father&amprsquos Day Dad. I miss you and I&amprsquoll love you forever..

I love this photo of my father because it shows so ...

On Anne Franks 90th birthday I keep reflecting on this quote from her. I first read the Diary of Anne Frank as a young woman and while in Amsterdam this past April on my #IAmBecoming tour I was deeply moved by my visit to the Anne Frank House where she and her family lived in hiding for more than two years. There I saw this quote on the wall&ampmdashit reflects the timelessness of her truth the courage of a young woman who saw the power in her own voice even when she was confronted with unimaginable horror and difficulty. What inspires me is her instinct not just to use her voice on its own but to use it to connect with those around her&ampmdashto work for something larger than herself. I hope that her example inspires all of us to speak up just a little louder a little more bravely in our own lives today. And if we all do that then together we can shine a little more light on what we share&ampmdashthe common humanity that unites us all. #Anne90.

On Anne Franks 90th birthday I keep reflecting on ...

This resilient and hardworking young lady is Anta Nije. I first met Anta back in 2015 when I spoke at King College Prep&amprsquos graduation on the South Side of Chicago. Three years later I caught up with Anta in Atlanta while talking to a group of college students during my #IAmBecoming book tour. A first-generation college student she graduated just last month from @Spelman_College where she studied political science and journalism. While at Spelman she hosted a podcast mentored first-year students at Morehouse joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and became Miss HBCU. Now with her degree in hand she&amprsquos taking her next step by interning at a fashion company in Paris and with a dream of one day building her own fashion brand.

I&amprsquom so proud of the person that Anta has become. She&amprsquos a terrific example of the many bright young people in our country working hard to lift up themselves and their families through education.

Now I want to hear from you. Let&amprsquos give some love to all of the inspiring #Classof2019 graduates out there -- shout them out by tagging them in the comments below! #ReachHigher.

This resilient and hardworking young lady is Anta ...