Remembering ‘Becoming’ on Michelle Obama’s Birthday

Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States, mother, and recently author, celebrates her 57th birthday today. Throughout her career, she’s worked tirelessly for education, children, and people of color. 

Michelle’s memoir, Becoming, was released in 2018 and was immediately a hit, selling 14 million copies in the first week of publication. Further than the book’s success, her tour for the work was filmed and made into a documentary for Netflix, which also received much critical acclaim. All of this work is to make sure her and the story of future African American women is told. Like she says in the memoir…

“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

Her husband, former president Barack Obama, has just recently released his own memoir, A Promised Land. This was met with similar critical acclaim to Becoming–especially the audiobook, which he narrates himself!

As we begin to start thinking about Black History Month in February, Michelle Obama’s memoir is at the top of the list for celebration. Beyond her work in politics Michelle is admirable in her dedication to her family, wellness, and spreading kindness. 

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as a forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

This quote reflects will with Michelle’s continuous work for a better country. Though her husband’s presidential term may have come to an end, her story surely didn’t. Though she’s certainly stepped down to focus on family, she’s  stayed active politically, speaking out recently against the Capitol riots and pushing for voters in Georgia to get out to the polls for the senate runoff.  For Michelle, it’s all about building a legacy that others can grow on–a never ending journey like she details in Becoming.


Though Michelle has a degree from Harvard Law, she chose to switch her aim toward public service. Like she says in this quote from Becoming, she wanted to use her voice to bring speech to those without it, to tell others’ story.

Happy birthday Michelle, and keep on becoming!

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