Michelle Obama Partners with National Association of Urban Debate Leagues

Michelle Obama Partners with National Association of Urban Debate Leagues

Essence Magazine, October 27 2018

Michelle Obama has announced that she will be giving away free tickets to local and community organizations in each city of her highly-anticipated “Becoming” book tour.

According to a news release, ten percent of tickets for the almost-sold-out event have been set aside by Live Nation for local charities, schools, and community groups.

“It was important to me that all sorts of people could come to the tour events, not just those with means or who happened to be by a computer when the tickets went on sale,” Obama said in the press release announcing the giveaway. “That’s why we are giving away thousands of tickets to people around the country, particularly to young people striving to be their best. I want them to see themselves in my story—to see the value in the fullness of their lives and to imagine who they might become in the years ahead.”

Some of the organizations involved include Public Allies, The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues and the Girl Scouts among numerous others.

In a video by Now This News, Obama can be seen surprising some Harlem students with the news that they will be getting free tickets to her New York stop.

The 10-city tour, Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama, kicks off on November 13th in Chicago. The book comes out that same day in 24 languages.

“Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience. It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life,” she has said of the memoir. “In this book, I talk about my roots and how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.”

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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