AP Source: Michelle Obama to visit Africa

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | June 3, 2011 | 10:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says Michelle Obama is heading to Africa on an official visit later this month, stopping in South Africa and Botswana where she'll continue her efforts to encourage young people to get involved in their societies.

The first lady also will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana during the June 21-26 trip.

The official said Mrs. Obama's visit will highlight the important stake the U.S. has in the success of Africa's many nations, as well as the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent. President Barack Obama's late father was Kenyan.

The official requested anonymity to speak freely before a formal White House announcement of the first lady's trip.