Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

A link between Toni Townes-Whitley,  the senior vice president at CGI Federal and Michelle Obama, the First Lady,  has been found, via a college connection.   The senior vice president and first lady attended Princeton class of ’85, and both were in the groups Organization of Black Unity (OBU), and Third World Center (TWC) .However, there is more than a college connection between Michelle Obama and Toni Townes-Whitley. The two appear to have remained in contact and relationship over the years.

In an earlier article, I provided the top six contractors with the amount of money received. CGI Federal was number one in the list, being paid a “$93.7 million dollar contract running till December.”

Third World Center (TWC) was created in 1971 and was for the purpose of providing minority students a place to express “strong interest in a facility for activities of their own that would include seminars, colloquia, exhibits, cultural shows, and social events.”

However the group appears focused on race and racial issues, over colloquia. For example, Fred Foote — the editor of Prospect magazine, a conservative monthly publication — criticized the TWC for their obsessive focus on race. This was written around the same time Michelle and Toni were  students of OBU and TWC.  The two groups were  engaged in a confrontation with Jewish students on campus.

“It was an ugly scene, but few expected perfect harmony when the OBU, in conjunction with the Third World Center (TWC), invited Hassan Rahman, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s deputy UN observer, to appear on campus,” according to a January 25, 1982 Princeton Alumni Weekly (Volume 82) article entitled “War of Words” in the column “On the Campus” by Ted Lempert ’83.