First Lady Michelle Obama and Wale Join Forces to Promote Higher Education

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First Lady Michelle Obama will collaborate with rapper Wale next week to promote higher education!

According to The Hill, the First Lady and Wale will appear on a panel in Washington, D.C. with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Manuel Contreras, a rising senior at Brown University to discuss college options. E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins will moderate. Wale will then perform a concert for the 130-plus students in attendance.

“This event will focus on sharing tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to complete the next level of their education,” the White House said in a statement.

The all-day event is a part of Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which encourages all students to pursue education after high school. Students in attendance will come from urban, rural, foster, homeless and special-needs backgrounds “who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college,” the White House stated.

What a great idea from the First Lady and the White House. I may be a bit biased as he is my favorite rapper, but adding Wale to the panel is an excellent touch! He’s from the D.C. area, and many kids know his music and look to him for inspiration. I hope to see some clips from the event. I’m sure these students will receive motivation and tools to not only make it to college, but be successful in their journey to acquire their degrees!

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