Sasha and Malia Obama's New School: Alum Damali Ayo's Memories

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ESSENCE.COM Jan, 23, 2009

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Damali Ayo gets ready for a touchdown during 5th grade at Sidwell Friends School. The artist says the school was a great nurturing ground and the best spot for Sasha and Malia Obama.

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Ayo, right, suits up with a classmate for a game in 1985.

“Sidwell has a pretty diverse population. When I was younger there was a closeness among the Black students,” she says.

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Damali Ayo has organized Black alumni of Sidwell Friends School to rally behind and offer support for President and First Lady Obama’s daughters as they settle into the school.

“Sasha and Malia’s success is everyone’s success,” she says.

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Students at Sidwell Friends perform “Music Man” in 1983. The school is known for being the most liberal of private schools in Washington, D.C.

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Ayo poses with classmates at their 15th anniversary in 2005.

“Sidwell turns out some really cool people and it’s a place where I learned to discover new things about myself,” she says. “I hope Sasha and Malia will be able to do the same.”

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