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In Dorchester, Michelle Obama Encourages Young Women Of Color To Dream Big

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd as she presents her anticipated memoir "Becoming" during her book tour stop in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd as she presents her anticipated memoir "Becoming" during her book tour stop in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)
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Former First Lady Michelle Obama was in Dorchester on Saturday encouraging young women of color at the Boys & Girls Club to dream big.

Obama made the stop before heading to the TD Garden arena to promote her new memoir, "Becoming," as part of her 10-city tour. The book mostly focuses on her life — from growing up on Chicago's South Side, to her time in the White House.

At the Boys & Girls Club, Obama spoke with young woman involved with the Black Girls Rock, a women's empowerment and mentorship organization. While the round table discussion focused on goals and dreams, the former first lady told the college-aged women that it is also necessary to explore.

"I didn't realize that life would take so many zigs and zags and turns. And that's the journey. I had to grow up and learn not to be afraid of those swerves, as I call them," Obama said.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a group of young women at the Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester on Nov. 24, 2018. (Quincy Walters/WBUR)
Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a group of young women at the Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester on Nov. 24, 2018. (Quincy Walters/WBUR)

During the discussion, young women, like 17-year-old Nalany Guerrier, asked questions about success.

"I think that it's important that young women of color realize that their voices are important and gain a little bit more inspiration," Guerrier said.

This article was originally published on November 25, 2018.

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