Source: ABC 7 Chicago
CHICAGO — ”I’m here today because Chicago is my home,” first lady Michelle Obama said. ”My story would not be possible without this city.”
The first lady spoke at a conference at the Hilton Chicago hotel Wednesday afternoon put on by the City of Chicago and civic leaders who want Chicago businesses and executives to support community-based programs that help at-risk kids. The program hopes to raise $50 million.
“Thousands of children live in a neighborhood where a funeral for a teenager is unfortunate, but not unusual,” Obama said. She spoke about Hadiya Pendleton, and how she and the murdered teen shared a similar story growing up in Chicago.
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“Hadiya’s family was just like my family. Hadiya Pendleton was me. And I was her. But I got to grow up. . . And Hadiya, you know that story. Just a week after she performed at my husband’s inauguration, she went to a park and got shot in the back because some kid thought she was in a gang,” Mrs. Obama said. “Hadiya’s family did everything right, but she still didn’t have a chance.”
She said she wants to get Chicago’s young people off the streets, and back on the right track for successful lives.
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