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First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 Spelman College commencement (AJC/Vino Wong)
First Lady Michelle Obama will spend Monday in Atlanta to help the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and promote her education initiatives.
According to travel guidance provided by the White House, Obama’s day begins with an event with Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Booker T. Washington High School — where Martin Luther King Jr. attended before leaving early for Morehouse College. Obama will tour a college fair and then give a speech in the school gymnasium that promotes her “Reach Higher” initiative, pushing students to complete post-secondary education.
In the afternoon, Obama will attend a closed-press fundraiser for the Nunn campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Then she will speak at a public “Voter Registration Rally.”
There is no word yet on where exactly in Atlanta those events will be.
Republicans are seeking to mention President Barack Obama alongside Nunn every chance they get, but his wife remains more popular — and less of a lightning rod.
Nunn sent along the following statement on the First Lady’s visit:
“As CEO of President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation, I saw firsthand how the First Lady has been a leader in increasing civic participation and fostering support for volunteerism. I am excited to have her join us in Georgia next week as we work to get more people engaged in our democracy.”
Daniel Malloy is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington Correspondent, covering the Georgia Congressional delegation and other D.C. goings-on that affect the state since 2011. He's a zealous fan and proud graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.