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First Lady Michelle Obama

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On Thursday afternoon, as part of her focus on American students pursuing higher education, the First Lady will join juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of a four-day visit to Howard University called “Escape to the Mecca.” The program is designed to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. The First Lady’s visit to Howard is part of her higher education initiative, in particular working to achieve the President’s “North Star” Goal, that by the year 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

The First Lady will join the students on a campus tour followed by a roundtable discussion where the students will be joined by their hosts. In the discussion, the First Lady will hear how college tours and similar types of exposure can inspire students to reach higher in their education.

The tour and opening portion of the First Lady’s discussion with the students will be covered by a pre-determined pool. Bow Wow, co-host of BET’s 106 & Park, will join the tour and moderate the First Lady’s discussion with the students.

Background Information on “Escape to the Mecca”

The Chicago Peoples Union (CPU) is an organization founded on the campus of Howard University in 1979, to increase fellowship among Illinois students; to expose Howard University students to Chicago culture; to serve as a liaison between prospective students from Illinois and Howard University; and to foster relationships with the surrounding community. The CPU’s “Escape to the Mecca” program caters to high school juniors and seniors interested in attending Howard University. Selected high school students from Illinois are able to experience college through a weekend-long visit to Howard – they stay with Howard University students from the Chicago area, attend classes, speak with Howard University officials, and interact with the Howard community.

For additional information on the “Escape to the Mecca” program, please contact Gloria L. Purifoy at  or 773-553-4368.

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