American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

Posted in Entertainment by Publisher, Port Of Harlem Snippets on November 1st, 2012

By Ida Jones, PhD

First Lady Michelle Obama gave an impassioned speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC). The most resonant chord was about family. She stated “Barack and I were both raised by families that did not have much in the way of money but who had given us something far more valuable: their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice and the chance to go places they never imagined for themselves.”

In the new book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama (Amistad Press, $27.00), Rachel Swarns presents genealogical data that document the remarkable multi-racial heritage of Mrs. Obama. There are Whites and Blacks and enslaved men and women, all who contributed to the lives of Fraser Robinson, her father and Marian Shields, her mother.

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