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"To you Michelle I take off my African woman hat from Cameroon, my motherland. You have given us African women the courage and the hope to move on and up. You keep your head high and hold your husband close to your heart. Keep praying my sister, you are the best. You have lived the dream of every ebony woman. Ride on sister, we are with you."
"You are the song, you are the proverb, and you are the symbol of human dignity."
"When you and your family go to the spot under the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, where Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, you will take with you our history of dreams deferred; however, you will also take with you our prayers and hopes for an America that is ready to build and dream anew."
"Thank you for your courage to say yes, to step from behind your private veil into the public eye, to step forward with the grace of boldness, to carry a message that `Hope is a wise decision' and also teaching the importance of learning to prepare oneself because with hope, things can change. I sat next to my daughter, praying that all women would tell this message to themselves, their daughters and sisters, nieces and neighbors, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, friends and sisterfriends, strangers and mates. But most of all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart to remind me to keep being hopeful so I can keep flapping my wings and not be afraid to fly."
"What I really want to say is thank you for existing and remaining visually the kind of woman I've always wanted to be. I'd given up hope. I'd given up hope that Black men could affectionately and passionately adore a woman publicly the way that your old man adores you. I'd given up hope that I'd get to keep my booty and succeed in the commercial production world of NYC. I honestly didn't believe I'd be able to be intelligent and sexy at the same time and be taken seriously ... You two have revolutionized what I believe to be possible in Black life. Black, young, sexy, beautiful, brilliant, and powerful. How marvelous."
"We are one woman, blessed to be born Black in America ... I rejoice for every little girl, every teenager, young adult and yes even every senior, who like me, can look at you and see herself. I rejoice for the mothers who loved their children as much as you and I do, yet could not protect them."
"Thank you for making me reconsider bringing my Black babies into this world."
Passionate, shattering, and tender, this astonishing book gathers together letters to Michelle Obama, written by African American and African women. Shortly after the election, the Uncrowned Queens Institute in Buffalo, New York, sent out a call across the country for African American women to share their hopes, fears, and advice with the new First Lady. Hundreds of letters and poems poured in, signaling both an unprecedented moment in our nation's history and a remarkable opportunity for African American women to look at the White House and see and speak to one of their own there.
These very personal letters and poems, written by African American women from all ages and walks of life, celebrate a newfound hope for our world and children, speak to a strong sisterhood with the First Lady, confess often very private fears and dreams, and acknowledge and remember the generations before who endured so much for so long.
"...the world has long heard of the power of Athenian women. But we have yet to feel and recognize the full impact that black women have had on the cultural and political life of the United States. Those past and living generations (those Uncrowned Queens) will gather mystically at this moment: through the agency of this book ... black women and their men will come out of a dark tunnel and light up the heavens." -- Chicken Bone Journal
"...a wonderful collection of letters and poetry written to our First Lady ... You will feel the encouragement, pain, fear and hopes of women as you read each letter ... This book demonstrates true sisterhood." -- Urban Views Weekly
"Each letter is heartfelt, real, and provides readers with gentle nudges regarding the magnitude of having people who look like them in the most powerful positions in the United States of America." -- A Place of Our Own (APOOO) BookClub
This book is a rich collection of letters, poems and notes from so many women, expressing their heartfelt congratulations to the new First Lady of the United States of America. Read morePublished 26 days ago by carol evans
Guess I was expecting truths and reality, not a strange mish mosh of wild stuff. I had even gotten it for a gift for a friend...that was wasted. She felt it was weird.Published 16 months ago by skshello
I appreciated the diverse comments from so many writers. I was proud of all the talented in my community. Published in a very timely manner. Good presentation.Published on April 9, 2010 by D. Malone
Interesting book. It was more on a spiritual level than most books written about Obama.Published on September 29, 2009 by Marlene Franklin
Go, Tell Michelle is a collection of letters from African American Women to Michelle Obama compiled by Barbara A. Seal Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by D. Frazier
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, many people all over the world were glued to their seat hanging on the words of not only Barack Obama, but also his wife, Michelle Obama. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic"