Michelle Obama, just like when her husband was president, is getting a second opportunity to do what she loves.
The former first lady’s “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama” will visit State Farm Arena on May 11 at 7 p.m., when she’ll expand on her story detailed in her best-selling book, “Becoming: Michelle Obama.”
Her visit to Atlanta is part of a 21-city international tour that marks a second leg to last year’s 10-city arena tour where she treated capacity crowds to experiences that shaped her life and enabled her to grow from her humble roots in the South Side of Chicago to the White House. She’ll discuss balancing being a mother of two daughters, a successful executive and being the wife of a lifelong politician who became a two-term president.
Obama will share with the audience her life story in which she emerged to become the first African-American First Lady of the U.S. and one of the world’s most compelling women who has fought for democracy, inclusion and equality.
“I couldn’t be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world,” Obama said in a press release. “I’ve been so humbled by the response to the tour thus far and the overwhelming interest we’ve received from so many communities we weren’t able to visit this year. That’s why I’m thrilled that we’re able to expand our conversations to these new settings and wider audiences. I can’t wait to continue the discussions that have been so meaningful for me and, I hope, for so many others.”
Unlike her previous tour in the U.S., Obama will also speak to audiences in Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, France and the Netherlands, using the world as her stage to spread the messages that have made her one of the world’s biggest advocates of women.
“I’m thrilled to get back out on the road for this final round of events at home and around the world, and I can’t wait to continue these conversations in new cities and with such extraordinary moderators,” she said. “For me, this tour isn’t just about discussing my memoir — it’s about all of us understanding ourselves and our stories, taking comfort in being together and celebrating our own becoming, no matter where in that process we might be.”
Obama’s tour is the result of her wildly successful book, “Becoming: Michelle Obama,” which was released on Nov. 13 in the U.S. and Canada. It became the No. 1 New York Times bestseller when it sold more than three million copies in a week. Released in 33 languages worldwide, the hardcover edition sold more copies than any book in the U.S. last year.
The book, which reached the top spot on the bestseller list in 11 countries, has seen 3.8 million copies sold in the U.S. and Canada and a total of six million worldwide.
“I’ve spent the last year and a half reflecting on my story as deeply and honestly as I could, and now I’m thrilled to travel the country and do the same with readers this fall,” Obama said before the first tour. “I hope that this tour will inspire others to reflect upon and share their own stories – all the joys and sorrows, all the scars and renewals – so that together, we can better recognize that each of us, in our own way, is in a constant process of becoming.”
State Farm Arena will host an array of events this spring, including home games for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, which reached the semifinals last season.
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