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First Lady Michelle Obama visits Africa

When you connect with other young people...when you share your thoughts and ideas and take the time to listen to theirs...you begin to realize just how much you have in common. You see that whether you live in New York, New Delhi, or Nairobi...so often, we share the same values, the same goals, and the same dreams." --First Lady Michelle Obama.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama meets children as she visits the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, June 21, 2011.  (REUTERS/Charles Dharapak/Pool)

 According to the U.S. Department of State's website, the Young African Women Leaders Forum, a two-day workshop and conference for women from across Africa, will take place in Johannesburg and Soweto, South Africa, June 21–22. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will address the conference and participate in some of its activities. The forum is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in South Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the White House.

 The official visit of Mrs.Obama  aims to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Africa and to engage with young people, especially girls and women, who play prominent roles in academic life and civic leadership, while also furthering awareness on health and wellness issues such as health care, education and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Mrs. Obama's itinerary is as follow:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Pretoria, South Africa and Johannesburg, South Africa

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa

Thursday, June 23, 2011 Cape Town, South Africa

Friday, June 24, 2011   Gaborone, Botswana

Saturday, June 25, 2011  Gaborone, Botswana

Sunday, June 26, 2011   Gaborone, Botswana

The White House blog will be updating the First Lady's progress, posting links, photos and blog posts of the trip at http://www.whitehouse.gov/youngafrica

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