All Things Considered, January 7, 2009 (click on link to listen to the interview with the Editors of the book)· In churches or beauty shops or anyplace where groups of women gather — especially black women — it is not uncommon for them to talk about the advice they would like to pass on to the incoming First Lady.

A group of women in upstate New York went one step further and decided to publish their words of wisdom for Michelle Obama in a book called Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady.

The poems and letters were compiled by two education specialists, Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, who are co-founders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women at the University of Buffalo in New York.

The idea blossomed after the Obamas were portrayed as fist-thumping terrorists on a New Yorker magazine cover last July.

“The idea was growing really throughout the primary as we … were watching Michelle coming forward and taking on a more active role and becoming a person that we could identify with and that we liked,” Nevergold tells NPR’s Michele Norris.

I love the thought of Black women taking the initiative to do this book IN THEIR OWN VOICE. You can purchase it here.

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