Former First Lady Michelle Obama draws big crowds in Austin

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was in town Thursday. She was at an event at the Frank Erwin Center as a part of her "Becoming" book tour.

As expected, she brought out big crowds and it was a packed house. Groups of women traveled from Denver, Dallas and Round Rock to see her in person.

Others traveled from near and far, getting their tickets in a raffle-style way.

This is just one of several stops for Michelle Obama on her worldwide book tour.

TV host Rachel Ray was a moderator at the Frank Erwin Center.

“I think it’s empowering because she’s an African American woman and she represents ordinary women like us," said Latricia Rogers Johnson, who traveled from Dallas. "She’s very grounded and authentic I think it’s amazing you can listen to her story and feel like that can be me too. I think this is a nice girls trip for us to come together as women. "

The 2019 extension of the tour will include 15 events in the United States and Canada, with Mrs. Obama making stops in previously unvisited cities, including Toronto, Atlanta, St. Paul, Cleveland, and Vancouver. The tour will also include 6 dates in Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Oslo, and Stockholm. The final event will take place ‪on May 12‬ in Nashville, Tenessee. 

"I think it’s really positive on the last day of Black History Month to celebrate her story and hopefully we’ll see some similarities. Through her story with our lives too,” said Johnson.  

Michelle Obama’s next stop in Texas will be in Houston on Saturday. 



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