Neighborhood prepares for First Lady's visit

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The excitement is growing in a westend neighborhood where First Lady Michelle Obama will be visiting Thursday night. Obama will be raising money for her husband's re-election campaign at the African American Heritage Center. It's at 17th and Muhammad Ali in the Russell neighborhood.

After weeks of sprucing things up, a final cleaning of the windows is all that's left at Expressions of You Coffee House. They're extending their hours Thursday, "We're going to be open later. Usually we close at 5, so we'll stay open until 7, 7:30," says owner Camille Anderson-Linton.

She hopes it means the president's wife wants to stop in. "I don't know if she drinks coffee or not, but we have the best chili in town so maybe she can come by and get some and take back to the president."

Even if she doesn't have time, it's likely a lot of Michelle Obama fans will be gathering at the store hoping to catch a glimpse of the first lady who will be speaking right across the street. While she's doing it to raise money for her husband, the entire Russell neighborhood thinks they will benefit too.

"Hopefully it will bring more people to visit the center and to help get the center where it needs to be as far as a museum," says Anderson-Linton.

The center has only been around for a few years. They're set up to hold events, but have goals of an exhibit show casing achievements of African Americans in Kentucky. What better way to raise awareness in that campaign then using the President's wife.

"The credibility it brings. We're hoping that people realize we're here and we have a great opportunity," says board member Sue McNally.

Obama's event starts at 4:30. For security reasons the center can't say how many people will be attending tomorrow night, but a typical event holds about 500 people.

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