First Lady hosts White House screening of ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete’ as part of education initiative

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Screen shot from the film, 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.'

Screen shot from the film, 'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.'

As part of her ongoing efforts to encourage the youth to commit to their schoolwork, first lady Michelle Obama will be hosting two events this week that will highlight the importance and need of education.

First, Mrs. Obama will host a White House screening of the movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete on Wednesday, Jan. 15 , “a coming of age story about two inner-city youth who are left to fend for themselves in the Bronx,” the press release says.

The film stars actors Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks and was co-produced by singer Alicia Keys.

Following the film, the first lady will address attendees before senior administration officials participate in a group discussion on the challenges of the access available in under-served communities and the best practices they should follow.

“In particular,  Mrs. Obama’s remarks and discussion will support the Administration’s focus on empowering youth to achieve higher education, especially working to achieve the President’s “North Star” Goal, that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world,” the release reads.

The following day, both President Barack Obama and the first lady are expected to hold an event targeted towards expanding college opportunities. It will also be held at the White House.

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