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.”


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