Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The First Lady and First Daughters Continue Their Visit to South Africa

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The First Lady continues her trip in South Africa.

US First Lady meets Mandela

US First Lady Michelle Obama met South Africa's first black president Nelson Mandela at his home Tuesday, in a rare visit with the ageing icon whose legacy frames much of her journey here.

The meeting with the 92-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner was discreetly arranged after Obama and her daughters visited archives chronicling some of his 27 years as a political prisoner.

At the Mandela Foundation, his wife Graca Machel guided Obama, her mother, and her daughters Malia and Sasha through an exhibit of his personal photographs and journals, in which he meticulously drafted letters but also kept more mundane notes on his weight and daily routine.

“After leaving here, she proceeded to make a brief courtesy call on former president Mandela,” said Achmat Dangor, the head of the foundation, calling the first lady “a lovely woman without any airs”.

Their visit added to the symbolism surrounding Obama's journey, with America's first black family in the White House meeting South Africa's first black president.

First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia visit the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, June 21

Marian Robinson, mother of First Lady Michelle Obama, takes a bow after dancing with children during a visit to the Emthonjeni Community Center

First Lady Michelle Obama poses for a photo with young women leaders during a visit to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, June 21

The First Lady with Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, wife of South Africab leader Jacob Zuma.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 21. Pictured from left to right: Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Mrs. Obama; mother Marian Robinson; Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, Michelle Obama’s daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama.

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