Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley

Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley

Michelle is a lifetime resident of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park and recently became a township trustee. She is an attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She is the mother of an energetic and loving 2-year-old boy. Michelle enjoys singing jazz and volunteering in her hometown, supporting public schools and her local theatre. She recently was named in Crain's Chicago Business' 2017 list of "20 in Their 20s."

What passed for racial harmony in my diverse suburban middle school: Swallowing the bitter taste of the ‘Oreo’ slur

In the fall of 2001, I was introduced to an array of new things: a new school, new demographic pockets of my diverse Chicago suburb, and Oreos. Yes … Oreos! In elementary school they were two rich chocolate cookies that hugged sweet white cream. In middle school Oreos became more than a dessert. This type of Oreo was far from sweet… Read more →

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