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First family is headed to Africa

6/24/2013, 11:05 a.m.

First lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha, will join President Barack Obama’s upcoming official visit to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania on June 26 – July 2. During this trip, the first lady will meet directly with youth and highlight the power and importance of education.

On June 27 in Dakar, the first lady will meet with Madame Marème Sall, first lady of Senegal. Obama and Madame Sall will then visit the Martin Luther King Middle School, an all-girls school in Senegal. In the afternoon, the president and first lady will visit Gorée Island and in the evening, the first lady will join the president for a dinner hosted by President Sall. The island was a pivotal point of travel for many Africans as they unwillingly left their native lands for slavery in the Americas centuries ago.

On June 29, the president and first lady will visit Pretoria, South Africa, where the first lady will meet with Tobeka S. Zuma, first lady of South Africa. Later in the afternoon in Johannesburg, first lady Obama will deliver remarks and participate in a discussion with youth. The event is being organized in conjunction with MTV Base, an African youth and music TV channel, and Google+. The first lady will be joined at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre by teenagers from across South Africa, as well as students joining virtually in cities around the U.S. via Google+ Hangouts, including in Los Angeles, California; Kansas City, Missouri; New York City, New York; and Houston, Texas. This event will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov and the White House Google+ page. MTV Base will broadcast a TV special on the event in July. In the evening of June 29th, the First Lady will join the President for a dinner hosted by President Jacob Zuma.

On Sunday, June 30, first lady Obama will travel to Cape Town, South Africa, where she will visit Robben Island with the president. The island is where former South African president, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned under county's discriminatory apartheid government.

On Monday, July 1 in Dar es Salaam, first lady Obama will meet with Salma Kikwete, first lady of Tanzania, and visit the Embassy Bombing Memorial. The U.S. first lady will then attend a performance by the Baba wa Watoto troupe. The Baba wa Watoto Center serves underprivileged boys and girls between the ages of five and 18 years old. In the evening, she will join the President for a dinner with President Kikwete.

On Tuesday, July 2 in Dar es Salaam, the first lady will participate in the African First Ladies Summit: “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. At the Summit, African first ladies from across the continent will gather to focus on the important role first ladies play in promoting women’s education, health and economic empowerment.