Michelle Obama set for emotional return to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School on Monday

PUBLISHED: 18:17 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:49 30 November 2018

Michelle Obama addresses pupils at EGA on her visit in 2009.

Michelle Obama addresses pupils at EGA on her visit in 2009.


Michelle Obama will return to the Islington girls school that made her “quake” with emotion to promote her new book on Monday.

The former first lady, 54, will return to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, in Donegal Street, nine years on from her first visit.

Mrs Obama recently released her bestselling memoir, Becoming, in which she recounts the profound impact her first visit to the comprehensive secondary school in 2009.

“I wasn’t prepared fully prepared to feel what I did,” explains the former first lady in her memoir.

“The building was nothing special – a boxy brick building on a nondescript street. But as I settled into a falling chair on stage and started watching the performance [...] something inside me began to quake.

“I almost felt myself fall back into my own past.”

The 44th first lady of the United States, who’s styled herself as a role model for women and an advocate for girls education, did stop there.

She visited Elizabeth Garrett Anderson again in 2011, taking a cohort of 30 students on a tour of Oxford University; and in 2012 she invited 30 girls to visit her at the White House.

In one letter to the girls she urged them to “stay hopeful and keep working, despite their lack of privilege”.

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