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Given the foregoing and the recent mid-term election results, we think that this is

the time to revisit, Go, Tell Michelle and for African American women once more

to go on record.   We are actively working on a sequel to volume one because

the outcome of the Mid-Term Election is equally historic



A Call for Letters for Sequel to Go, Tell Michelle

By Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Barbara Ann Seals Nevergold


6 December 2010


Go, Tell Michelle

African American Women’s Response to the 2010 Mid-Term Elections

(working title)


Dear Sisters:

Much has happened in the last 24 months! Two years ago this month, we celebrated the historic vote for Barack Obama as this country’s First African American President and we were especially thrilled for First Lady Michelle Obama. Overwhelmed with excitement, we asked African American women on November 8, 2008, to submit letters and poems that expressed their esteem, regard and support of Michelle Obama as she embarked on an uncertain journey as this country’s first African American First Lady. The response was overwhelming.

These letters were compiled into the book Go, Tell Michelle, which received rave reviews and a major book award. Go, Tell Michelle has been used as a classroom text, a model for college women’s self-awareness discussion groups and adapted into a play, Go, Tell Michelle: Letters to the First Lady. It is the only book of the 2008 Elections that provided a platform for the voices of a diverse group of African and African American women to have their say about this historic event in American political/social history. In short, the messages sent to Mrs. Obama spoke not only for the writer but for our sisters around the world.

While the first two years of Mrs. Obama’s tenure as First Lady have presented successes, the challenges also remain, some of which we anticipated and some we did not. During this period, Mrs. Obama has faced unprecedented personal attacks including references to her as a chimpanzee, criticism of her choice of fashion as well as other disparaging comparisons and comments. Furthermore, the outcome of the Mid-Term Election is equally historic and raises a number of new, troubling issues. Many center around the resurgence of the Republican Party, the rise of the Tea Party and the so-called “Grizzly Mommas” all of which signal renewed and intensified attacks on the First Lady.

Given the foregoing, we think that this is the time to revisit, Go, Tell Michelle and for African American women to once more go on record in support of the First Lady. We are actively working on a sequel to volume one. The timing could not be more perfect as these letters will also provide Birthday wishes celebrating the 47th birthday of the first African American First Lady. Once again, we are asking African and African American women around the world to raise their voices and send their messages to Mrs. Obama. We cannot afford to be silent in these tumultuous times. Send your letter to:  and  

We also request that you respond to a related Survey. Whether you decide to write a letter or not, please take some time to respond to the Survey and return it to us. We are asking for your response by January 17, 2011. We think these letters will be a fitting birthday present for the 47th Birthday of the First Lady of the United States. Please join us on this momentous occasion.

Please feel free to share this “Call” with others.


Barbara Peggy

Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Dr.P.H., Ph.D.
Co-Editor, "Go, Tell Michelle:  African American Women Write to the New First Lady"

716-829-6047, 716-697-8386
Fax: 716-829-3912

Barbara Ann Seals Nevergold

Co-editor, "Go, Tell Michelle:  African American Women Write to the New First Lady"

716-829-6047 (o)

716-913-1228 (c)

New Deadline for Sequel Go, Tell Michele 1 March 2011

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Related files: Women Talking to Michele  Dear Michelle Letters  Obligation to Fight for the World as It Should Be   The Crossings  Wilson's Obama Poem 

Why White America Perhaps Fears Michelle More Than Barack   Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady (book)