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First Lady Michelle Obama Screens Jackie Robinson Biopic, 42, For Students

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The Obamas are avid movie fans and today FLOTUS showed her must-see flick for spring.

Today First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed 80 high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film “42.” Held in the State Dining Room, the Director of the Office of Public Engagement Paulette Aniskoff moderated a discussion about the film, Jackie Robinson and the inspirational themes from his life that students can apply to their own. Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson, and featured members of the cast and crew, including Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman and Brian Helgeland, were on hand to share their experiences as well as answer student questions.

“We intentionally did this. We wanted to be here with you because this isn’t just about watching a wonderful movie and an amazing moment in history, this is about helping you write your own history,” said the First Lady. “All of this is about hard work and you have to be willing to encounter any obstacle along the way. That’s what Jackie and Rachel Robinson did.”

“Everyone asks ‘what’s the secret’? The secret is that no one comes out a finish product. There is no magic that makes someone a doctor, or lawyer or first lady. There is no magic. It takes grit and determination and a whole lot of hard work. And as you saw in the movie, it takes a whole lot of gut.”

She continued, “Put your heart and soul into every single thing you do. Promise me that. Everything you do you have to do a 120%. And that starts now. Your first test of how passionate you’re going to be stars right now.”

And our favorite line was when she said, “The first step in greatness is just using your voice.”

Students participating in the workshop come from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, DC; Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, MD; TC Williams High School in Alexandria, VA and Amino Jackie Robinson Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA; and include college students who participate in the Jackie Robinson Scholars program.

In February, Mrs. Obama invited the cast and crew from Beasts of the Southern Wild to the White House to screen that film and to lead a similar discussion.

42 hits theaters on April 12th!

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