The Other Community Organizer

Santa Clara Law
Santa Clara Law

There is a certain majesty about the way Michelle Obama approaches her role. It shows, at the same time, a humility, and in some ways, the spirit of a community organizer. When she was talking about being mom in chief, she’s not saying that she’s exclusively concerned about her own family, but rather the role mothers have played in the whole society.


—Lani Guinier, professor of law, Harvard University

A Friendly Neighbor: Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist and CNN commentator

A-Plus: Congressman James Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina, House Majority Whip


21st Century Ambassador: Vishakha Desai, president, Asia Society

Not About PR: Dorothy Height, chair and president emerita, National Council of Negro Women

Black Love Guru: Cathy Hughes, CEO, Radio One

An American Mother: Rep. John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia

Working It Out: Julianne Malveaux, president, Bennett College for Women

Carrying Her Own Head: Susan L. Taylor, former editor, Essence

Rock Star: Baratunde Thurston, editor, The Onion

Gardener in Chief: Alice Waters, restaurant owner and activist

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