Michelle Obama to Address Youth Violence in Chicago

By Emily Morris on March 27, 2013 9:42am 

 First lady Michelle Obama speaks about her "Let's Move!" health awareness initiative on Feb. 28 at McCormick Place.
First lady Michelle Obama speaks about her "Let's Move!" health awareness initiative on Feb. 28 at McCormick Place.
View Full Caption
Getty Images/Tasos Katopodis

CHICAGO — First lady Michelle Obama plans to come to her hometown in April to talk about opportunities for Chicago kids as part of a luncheon to address violence, the White House said Wednesday.

The White House said Obama will discuss expanding initiatives for kids as part of a luncheon hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel called "Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago" on April 10.

She'll be encouraging local business leaders to invest in programs that serve at-risk kids during the luncheon at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., the White House and the mayor's office said.

Obama will join Emanuel and a coalition of business leaders, philanthropists, community leaders and criminal justice experts asking the business sector to raise $50 million to support youth initiatives, the mayor's office said.

The event will include members of Chicago business groups such as the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago.

The first lady was here in February to announce an expansion of her "Let's Move!" program to fight obesity, and earlier she attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student killed Jan. 29, about a mile away from the Obama family home in Kenwood.

Her visit will come almost a month after 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was fatally shot in Woodlawn on March 11.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement