Friday, June 24, 2011

First Lady's in Africa with Mandela, Tutu, and Oprah

Desmond Tutu 2007 at the Deutscher Evangelisch...Image via Wikipedia

First Lady Michelle Obama continues her second official solo journey abroad. While in Africa, she aims to advance US policies on education, health, and democracy.

Mrs. Obama met media maven friend and political supporter Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday evening in South Africa, a White House aide said. The two women were visiting the country at the same time. Winfrey, who has a school for girls in the country, is receiving an honorary degree from a local university. Their meeting was closed to the press and first reported by Reuters.

Mrs. Obama met Tuesday afternoon with Nelson Mandela, this nation's first black president, a revered figure who has largely disappeared from public view for many months. It was a historic meeting for Mandela, 92, an iconic symbol of the country's fight against apartheid, and Obama, 47, the wife of the first black U.S. president.

The First Lady, who is travelling with her mother, a niece and nephew, and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, clearly relished sharing another chapter in the history of South Africa's freedom struggle with three generations of her family.

She met with Archbishop Desmond Tutu Thursday on the last leg of a South African tour that has honoured the icons of the country's struggle against apartheid. Obama met the Nobel Peace Prize laureate at Cape Town Stadium, built for last year's World Cup, where she took part in a programme for local youths encouraging them to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS and use sport to stay healthy. Obama and Tutu then took to the pitch, dribbling balls with local youth groups.

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