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Harper High School students visit President Obama, First Lady Michelle at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students from William R. Harper High School in Chicago, Ill., in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, June 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
WASHINGTON–A group of Harper High School students met with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during a visit to the White House on Wednesday; Obama showed the students the original Emancipation Proclamation hanging in the Oval Office.
The group– 14 boys and 10 girls– all from the school at 6520 S. Wood the First Lady visited in April were at the White House as a result of an invitation issued by Mrs. Obama, a South Sider herself. The students came to Washington expecting to see Mrs. Obama; the Oval Office meeting with the president was a special addition.
Mrs. Obama wanted to visit the school in April because in the past year, students at the school have been touched by gun violence and the deaths of their classmates. At the time Mrs. Obama met with the Harper students last April, 29 current or former students have been shot in the past year; 8 of them died.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped round up the financing for the trip here, asking Chicago attorney Chuck Smith, a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to donate himself–and round up other contributors to cover all the costs of the bus trip, hotel and meals.
Mrs. Obama’s Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen said in a statement provided to the Sun-Times that she was “”The First Lady was delighted to welcome the students from Harper High School that she met with in April to the White House today. In their conversation, the First Lady and the students caught up and discussed their graduation, prom, and post high school plans. The students are very much looking forward to their visit to Howard University on Thursday.”
The student included a freshman, three sophomores, seven juniors and 13 seniors.