Obama Watch: First Family's Trip to Africa

The Obamas are currently in Africa for a week-long visit aimed at engaging African leaders in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. For their first stop in Dakar, Senegal, the First Family toured schools and the historic Door of No Return, the passasgeway enslaved Africans walked through as they left for North America. Here's a look at how the Obamas are spending their time on the continent.

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The Obama's leave the White House to begin their week-long trip to Africa on June 26, 2013.

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President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard on June 27, 2013 outside the presidential palace before meetings in Dakar.

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Senegal President Macky Sall June 27, 2013 during a bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Dakar.

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President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama shake hands with Senegal's President Macky Sall and his wife Marieme Faye Sall at the at the presidential palace in Dakar on June 27, 2013.

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President Barack Obama toasts with Senegal President Macky Sall during an official dinner at the Presidential Palace in Dakar on June 27, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama smiles during a visit to the Martin Luther King school on June 27, 2013 in Dakar, Senegal.

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"You all are role models for my daughters, which is why I brought them here today - so that they could be inspired by you just like I am." -First Lady Michelle Obama at MLK Middle School in Dakar. #FLOTUSinAfrica

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"Don't ever forget that by investing in your education, you are doing the very best thing you can do...not just for yourselves, but for your children and grandchildren." -The First Lady to students in Senegal #FLOTUSinAfrica

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President Barack Obama speaks on June 28, 2013 with Oumou Gadio and Head Technical Advisor for National Cooperative Business Association Papa Sene during an event on food security in Dakar, Senegal.

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"Meeting local artists on Goree Island. #FLOTUSinAfrica," shared Mrs. Obama on Instagram.

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Barack and Michelle Obama at 'The Door of No Return'

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Starting the day in Johannesburg. #FLOTUSinAfrica (June 29)

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South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma wave alongside President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they arrive at the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall style meeting at the University of Johannesburg Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 28, 2013.

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Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Thobeka Zuma as they arrive for an official dinner in Pretoria, South Africa, June 29, 2013.

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Michelle Obama stands during the US National Anthem at an official dinner at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, South Africa, on June 29, 2013.

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"Today, I want to ask you, what barriers will you break...what legacy will you leave for the next generation?" -The First Lady to young people in South Africa and across the U.S. #FLOTUSinAfrica - (June 29)

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These young people are amazing! With their commitment to education, I know they'll change the world. -mo #FLOTUSinAfrica

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Just arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. #beautiful #FLOTUSinAfrica

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Touring Robben Island -- with 83 year-old former inmate Ahmed Kathrada -- and stopping in the Lime Quarry where inmates labored, former inmates gathered and made a reunion pile, and Nelson Mandela held classes in the cave they called "the classroom."

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sign a guestbook in a prison yard as they tour Robben Island outside Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and family, tour a limestone quarry where prisoners would work at Robben Island outside Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk through a prison yard as they tour Robben Island outside Cape Town, South Africa. The Obamas visit to the cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as a prisoner, in a solemn homage Sunday to the critically ill hero he was unable to see in Pretoria.

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President Barack Obama embraces Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu following a tour of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, on June 30, 2013.