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Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and Kimberly Locke joined the first lady Michelle Obama in Detroit today, May 26th, to stress the importance of being a mentor, the White House announced Monday.

The forum was held this morning at Wayne State University. A limited number of tickets were made available to the public until 8 p.m. last night.

Also, Gov. Jennifer Granholm joined the first lady and first gentleman Dan Mulhern; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Detroit Democratic Reps. John Conyers and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Denise Ilitch, whose family owns the Detroit Red Wings; and former University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr.

A special lunch with young people was held after Mrs. Obama’s speech, which was “designed to engage, encourage and inspire,” the White House stated.

The Detroit trip is part of the first lady’s mentoring outreach. In March 2009, during Women’s History Month, she paired high school girls in the D.C. area with female staff in the White House. Obama went to Denver last November on a similar trip.

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