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Thousands of tickets to Michelle Obama’s upcoming book tour, “Becoming: An Intimate Conversation with Michelle Obama,” will be given free of charge to community groups in each city. 

In Detroit, the free tickets will go to Mercy Education Project, a group that provides educational opportunities, life skills and cultural enrichment for women and girls with limited resources. The former First Lady is in town Dec. 11 at Little Caesars Arena. 

When the tour was announced Live Nation and Obama revealed that 10 percent of ticket inventory from each market would benefit local nonprofits, schools and other community groups. 

“It was important to me that all sorts of people could come to the tour events, not just those with means or who happened to be by a computer when the tickets went on sale,” Obama said in a press release. “That’s why we are giving away thousands of tickets to people around the country, particularly to young people striving to be their best. I want them to see themselves in my story—to see the value in the fullness of their lives and to imagine who they might become in the years ahead.”

The tour kicks off Nov. 13 in Chicago, the same date “Becoming” hits shelves. 

According to Ticketmaster.com, only some floor seats are available for her Dec. 11 Detroit date, at $300 and up. 

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @melodybaetens
 

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