Michelle Obama isn’t letting anything stop her from fulfilling her commitment to girls’ education.
Just days after the Trump administration denied reports about ending the former first lady’s 2015 global education initiative “Let Girls Learn,” despite the fact that future funding is in question, Michelle is emphasizing her and former President Barack Obama’s dedication to the issue with their planned Obama Presidential Center.
“Excited by the potential of the Obama Pres. Center,” she tweeted on Wednesday. “Barack [and] I will continue to champion the issues close to our hearts, including girls ed[ucation].”
The Obamas traveled to Chicago on Wednesday to preview a design for the forthcoming center in Jackson Park on the south side of the city, the Chicago Tribune reports. Though this is not the former president’s first public appearance in Chicago since leaving office, it will be Michelle’s first.
At midday, Barack is set to moderate a roundtable discussion on their vision for the Obama Presidential Center. According to the Barack Obama Foundation, the center will include a museum, a library (hosted by University of Chicago), offices and an event space. The center will reportedly cost at least $500 million, covered by fundraising, and is expected to open in 2021.
Correction: This story has been updated to specify that Wednesday’s event is Michelle Obama’s first public appearance in Chicago, not in general.