Rachel Swarns presents a genealogy of first lady Michelle Obama’s family. Ms. Swarns reports that Mrs. Obama’s ancestry is multiracial and is composed of those who fought in the American Revolution and Civil War and blacks who faced Jim Crow laws and relocated from the South to the North in the Great Migration. Ms. Swarns discussed the first lady’s ancestry with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who showed some slides and also talked about parallels with his own ancestry. Ms. Swarns also responded to questions from members of the audience in the Langston Hughes Auditorium at this “Word Rapport” program of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. close
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad Director New York Public Library->Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
Rachel L. Swarns Bureau Chief (Former) New York Times->Johannesburg
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