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Barack Obama returns

AFP  |  Chicago 

Having largely remained silent

since Donald Trump succeeded him as US president in January, will make his first public appearance on Monday in his adopted hometown of

The former president will participate in a discussion with students from schools on community organizing and civic engagement at the University of Chicago, Obama's office announced today.

It was in that the first black made his farewell speech a few days before leaving the

Moved to tears while paying tribute to his wife Michelle, Obama also launched a call for vigilance, urging Americans to be actors in the democratic process.

"Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear," he said. "Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted."

The university is also where Obama taught before running for political office, and his planned presidential library will be under the institution's auspices.

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First Published: Sat, April 22 2017. 00:57 IST