Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — Speaking at a Soweto church thrust onto the front lines of the fight against apartheid, First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged young South Africans to conquer hunger and AIDS and to end violence against women.
Addressing a crowded Regina Mundi Church, she singled out 76 young women from across Africa who were here for a U.S.-sponsored leadership forum. A White House official put the crowd count at 2,000.
The name of the Catholic church, which still wears scars from the 35-year-old Soweto uprising and ensuing protests, comes from Latin, for "Queen of the World."
Obama was introduced by Graca Machel, wife of former President Nelson Mandela. Obama, here for a weeklong official visit, met the 92-year-old Mandela on Tuesday