Michelle Obama invited the spouses of UN heads of state to a Red Rooster lunch in Harlem. Michelle Obama extolled the culture and history of Harlem and the role of women.
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Extolling the virtues of Harlem's rich cultural history, Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for the spouses of foreign dignitaries Tuesday in the historic New York City neighborhood she described as "quintessentially American."
The first lady spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government who are attending the UN General Assembly. The group toured The Studio Museum in Harlem, which was founded in 1968 by artists and civic and community leaders to provide space for modern and contemporary black art.
"There's a reason why I wanted to bring you all to Harlem today," said Obama, who was wearing a blue and white dress by Carolina Herrera. "And that is because this community ... is infused with a kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American, but that has also touched so many people around the world."