Michelle Obama's Instagram post about Yemeni student goes viral

Published June 5th, 2016 - 11:12 GMT
Michelle Obama's Instagram post praising a female Muslim student who gave the salutatory speech at a New York City college on Friday.
Michelle Obama's Instagram post praising a female Muslim student who gave the salutatory speech at a New York City college on Friday.

On Saturday, Michelle Obama gave special praise to a female Yemeni Muslim student who is the first person from her family to get a college degree. 

The literature student, Orruba Almansouri, got the second-highest grades of anyone in the 2016 graduating class at City College Of New York in Manhattan. 

The First Lady's Instagram post quickly went viral:

Almansouri, a Yemeni immigrant to the US, gave the salutatory address at the City College graduation ceremony on Friday. 

She said no women in her family had ever gone to college and that she had to debate her father for the right to go herself, ABC News reported. 

"I fought to be allowed to pursue an education, for the right to be here," Almansouri said. 

Yemeni Instagram users reacted gleefully to Obama's post. 

User @idreesmutahr, for example, wrote: "What did Laura Bush ever do for us. This is amazing ️"

-HS 


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