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Vickey Kalambakal

Mary Ann Todd was born to a slave-owning family in Lexingto3n, Kentucky. Although she was raised in privileged circumstances among the wealthy and well connected, Mary suffered personal losses throughout her life that eventually affected her sanity and health. When she was three, a baby brother died; at age six, she lost her mother. Alienated by a new stepmother, Mary experienced a desolate and unhappy childhood. Family memoirs indicate that she would have witnessed brutal punishments inflicted on slaves in her own family; she also would have seen the slave markets in Lexington and the hangings of rebellious slaves. She was aware that her favorite caretaker, the bond servant Aunt Sally, aided runaway slaves.

Mary Todd moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1839 to join two sisters and various cousins and uncles Several relatives were politically active in the state Mary s cousin was a mentor to and law ...


Darlene Clark Hine

First Lady of the United States of America, lawyer, and healthcare executive was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in Chicago's South Side to working class parents. Her father, Fraser Robinson III, was a city employee, who worked tending boilers at a water-filtration plant in the city until his death due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, worked as a secretary for the Spiegel catalogue store before becoming a-stay-at-home mother. Michelle's older brother, Craig, born in 1962, would, like his sister, graduate from Princeton University. He later became the head basketball coach at Oregon State University.

As Barack Obama noted in his March 2008 speech on race at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, his wife “carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners.” And, indeed, genealogical research has revealed that Michelle Obama's earliest known paternal ancestor, her great-great grandfather, Jim Robinson ...