In advance of Mother’s Day weekend, former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that a section of the Obama Presidential Center will honor her mother, Marian Robinson.
“I simply wouldn’t be who I am today without my mom,” Obama said Friday in a video on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“And that is why this Mother’s Day, I am so excited to announce that we will be dedicating a space at the Obama Presidential Center. It’s an exhibit called ‘Opening the White House,’” she said.
Robinson,84, lived with the Obamas in the White House during Barack Obama’s presidency.
The space inside Obama’s presidential center dedicated to her will have scale replicas of the East Room, the Blue Room, and the South Lawn of the White House.
It will be “infused with so many of the values that my mother instilled in me: community, family, bringing people in, creating a warm, welcoming space where everyone feels at home,” Michelle Obama said.
She also said that her mother “fostered in me a deep sense of confidence in who I was, and who I could be, by teaching me how to think for myself, how to use my own voice and how to understand my own worth.”
Obama also tweeted about the dedication and included family photos to mark the occasion.
From an early age, my mom, Marian Robinson, taught me how to think for myself, use my own voice, and understand my own worth.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 6, 2022
“Nonstop, unconditional love”
Robinson was a stay-at-home mother to Michelle and her brother Craig. She worked after Michelle went to high school, and the family lived in a rented apartment in Chicago.
She helped the Obamas take care of their children, Sasha and Malia, during Barack Obama’s first campaign for president and at the White House during his presidency.
Michelle Obama praised her mother for giving her “nonstop, unconditional love,” according to People.