Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama talked up her New York Times Best Selling memoir, Becoming at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night. The night was revealing: When Barack Obama showed up as an intern at her Chicago law firm, Obama told the crowd, she thought he was cute, but was determined to keep him in the friendzone. She was a striver, she said, obsessed with following all of the safe rules laid out before her and that didn’t start to find true happiness until she started to “swerve” or buck the buppie — black urban professional — mantras.
Obama talked about about how many in her family saw their hopes and dreams dashed by racism and how it impacted her dreams. And she implored, no insisted, that all of us — especially young people — remain steadfast in our authenticity no matter what kind of shortsighted “stay in your lane” warnings may appear. Obama’s advice was the kind of love-filled words of wisdom from the wise older sister or favorite aunt.
Here are some of her gems.