Obama to make first public speech since Trump’s inauguration

By Itunuoluwa Adebo

Exactly three months after leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama will deliver his first public remarks.

Obama will speak with young leaders Monday in Chicago. The event at the University of Chicago is billed by his office as a “conversation on community organizing and civic engagement” and a part of Obama’s goal to “encourage and support the next generation of leaders.”
The former President wanted to have an event where he could speak directly to young people, three hundred students from universities around the Chicago area were invited to attend the event.
Obama will be on stage with six students, and while they will ask questions of one another, they are not expected to take questions from the audience. The public appearance will also come just days ahead of the 100-day mark for President Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Obama spoke at a roundtable discussion with young men from the Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny program, which aims to provide job skills and positive connections to at-risk youth. He made that appearance at the invitation of the program’s founder, Arne Duncan, who was education secretary under Obama.
Obama is also slated to appear with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in late May and is due to accept an award in Boston prior to that.

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