June 21 - U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off her trip to Africa with a visit to former South African President Nelson Mandela. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama visits former South African President Nelson Mandela Tuesday, kicking off her own symbolic trip to Africa by meeting one of the continent's most revered leaders. She was joined by her daughters and mother. Earlier the First lady visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices, viewing a display of archival items including Mandela's prison desk calendars and notebooks. Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, showed the Obama family around the exhibits. Michelle Obama's visit to South Africa and Botswana is her second official solo journey abroad with a goal of advancing U.S. policies on education, health, and democracy. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.