Two months after Michelle Obama returned to her hometown for the funeral of the slain inaugural performer Hadiya Pendelton, the first lady will come to Chicago to give a talk urging community leaders to help curb youth violence.
The Sun-Times reports the White House announced Obama will speak at an April 10 luncheon hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the expected attendees including civic organizations like the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executives' Club, and World Business Chicago.
April marks yet another of the first lady's efforts to engage community and business leaders on social issues affecting Chicago. During her Feb. 28 Chicago visit promoting her "Let's Move!" anti-obesity campaign, Obama called on the city's decision-makers to invest in more opportunities for youth — which, according to the Tribune, will be the crux of her April visit as well.
Specifically, according to DNAinfo Chicago, Obama and Emanuel will ask a coalition of community leaders in philanthropy, business and other sectors to to raise $50 million to support youth initiatives.
The luncheon, titled "Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago," is slated for 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.