Tuesday, June 30, 2009
"Hello, GTM sisters!!
I wanted to write a brief note about my reading at Alverno on June 27, 2009. It was smashing!!! There were 70 plus in the writer's workshop audience. They were great!! The book store had been informed of the expected number of participants; I checked periodically; I purchased a couple of them for my friends. When I left the building, I saw 4 on the table. -- I was told that many were inspired to write or continue to write, and I hope that they will communicate that to you; I gave a number of them my email address/phone number, so that I could help them to get in touch with you.--
As we know, I drove there 13 hours one way; Ooooh, I had a black, shiney, fast a-- Mustang. It was a great drive, of course, until I got to Dan Ryan in Chicago, and we know that story. I returned Sunday night, 9:30, crashed, and was back at work for my second session class Monday at 7:30 a.m. So, I'm still tired, but I'll recover over the weekend." Rashun
Rashun, We're glad to hear from you; pleased that you had a safe and productive trip; hope that you get a little rest in the next few days! Your sisters
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In August, we will travel to Tampa, Florida to attend the National Association of Black Journalist’s Conference and participate in their Author’s Show Case. The Author’s Show Case is scheduled during the conference which will be held from August 5th to 9th.
NABJ is an association of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services year-round to benefit black journalists worldwide. We don’t know the exact date for our signing yet, but will update you when we are informed.
Both of these venues offer exciting new opportunities to spread the word about Go, Tell Michelle to broader audiences, who can connect to our message. We are encouraged by the access to these new platforms to spread that message.
We want to extend a special thanks to Gwendolyn Osborne, a very special lady we just recently met at the Book Expo in New York City in May. Gwendolyn, in the true spirit of sisters helping sisters, reached out to us and gave us the assistance we needed to connect to the NABJ and NAACP. We’ll have more to say about sister networks later, but we rank Gwendolyn up at the top as a sister network all by herself!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
On Saturday, June 13th, Ed Schultz, “star” of the Ed Show on MSNBC brought his program, town show style, to Buffalo, New York. Deborah Seals, a GTM contributor, attended the taping and stepped up to the mike to address the issue of health care reform. After the program, Deborah had an opportunity to talk to Ed. Copy of our book in hand, Deborah told Ed that CNN’s American Morning, CSPAN and NPR along with local and other national media had aired interviews about “Go, Tell Michelle”. She then asked him what about the Ed Show? Ed took the book and said he’d check it out (hopefully by that he meant that he'd read it). So, GTM Sisterhood Network, let’s give Deborah some support by contacting the Ed Show about “Go, Tell Michelle”. Ed can be reached at: the show’s producer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-200-9134. Let’s flood the Ed Show with e-mails about “Go, Tell Michelle” and ask Ed to follow up on his “promise” to Debbie.
By the way, if you watch the Ed Show, the episode that Deborah was on aired on Monday, June 15th. Thanks Deborah, great job!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thanks to the work of our dear friend and publicist, Marissa Jennings, a Bennett College alumnus, we have our first adoption of “Go, Tell Michelle” by a college – and we are so proud and pleased to announce that it’s an Historically Black College ( HBCU), Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. We just received the following e-mail from Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Ph.D. , Mott Distinguished Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Africana Women's Studies Program at Bennett College for Women. Dr. Johnson stated:
“I wanted to let you know that the book looks great. It is already on order for my class in the Fall, and I will be using it this summer as I teach in a Teen Writers Camp. We begin tomorrow (June 17th). I plan to read a couple of letters to the students as examples of expository writing in letter form. I will encourage the students (rising 9th-12th graders) to get a copy of the book and read it on their own.”
Dr. Johnson’s program Africana Women’s Studies was founded in 2004 under the direction of Dr. Irma McLaurin. Africana Women‛s Studies focuses on the experiences, socio-cultural conditions, and histories of women in the African Diaspora as well as issues generally important in the field of women‛s studies.
We are excited about Dr. Johnson’s selection of “Go, Tell Michelle” as an academic text for the Africana Women’s Studies Program and look forward to hearing about the student’s response to this amazing resource.
Special thanks to Marissa for her support and contribution to achieving this goal. We strongly encourage others, who know professors/teachers or are professors/teachers to consider using “Go, Tell Michelle” in the curriculum that you teach. And please contact us and let us know your and your student’s experiences with this extraordinary resource.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
"Go, Tell Michelle, is an extraordinary book of writings by women of African descent, to the First Lady of the United States. The power of the words in the letters and poems are unprecedented in American literature. You actually can feel and hear the writings, it is descriptive writing at the higher level.
The women who have contributed to this timeless piece of literature have traveled may world-wide roads and yet are a mirror image of Michelle Obama.
The First Lady is the reflection of all the sisters that wrote the poems and letters, because they are First Ladies in their families.
Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Dr. Barbara Nevergold of Buffalo, brain-stormed this brilliant historical idea to fruition. This collection of writings should be submitted to the Pulitzer Prize Committee for outstanding literary achievement for the year of 2009.
Go, Tell Michelle, should be in every American home library. www.sunypress.edu Roy St. Clair." Submitted by Peggy Brooks-Bertram
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
It was a great treat to see him again and in so short a time. Again, when he got up to the signing table we told him how important it was that he read the book and understand what African American women had to say to the First Lady of the United States. He was even more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. We told him to tell his friends and we encouraged him to set up his own blog and to link it with the GTM Sisterhood Network blog so that we can stay in contact. We look forward to this connection. He nodded in agreement. This was an exciting time for us because we also want young people to be able to read this book and to have a chance to see and understand what African American women have to say about this historic moment in our history. So, when we return to Buffalo and update the blog we will be waiting with baited breath to hear from Graham and we will keep you posted. P.S. Graham if you have a better photo, please send it to up so that we can replace this one. Peggy Brooks-Bertram