Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
During our conversation David told us how he is reading "Go, Tell Michelle" to his young 11 year old daughter. Each night he reads two or three letters to her before she goes to bed. David explained that the letters have become, in a way, daily mediations that he shares with his child. What a special and novel way to share the messages in the letters with a child and what a special Dad David is to use this time with his daughter to teach her about Black women: our history, our aspirations, our spirituality, our bonds of sisterhood, our dreams for our children and ourselves, our esteem for the First Lady and much, much more.
We tried to capture David's story with a short video. You may have to turn up the sound on your computer as the quality of the video is low, but we wanted you to see this extraordinary African American man for yourselves.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
In the months since the January 2009 release of “Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady”, the editors, Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram have traveled throughout the country on a book signing tour. Everywhere we’ve visited, from thriving metropolitan areas like D.C., Baltimore, New York City and Chicago to small rural communities like Franklinville, New York, we encounter women and men who have read the book, are moved by the letters and poems and relate to their messages. During this time, we have also given countless radio, television, magazine and newspaper interviews. “Go, Tell Michelle” has been adopted as a college text and at least one doctoral dissertation has used our book as a major reference. SUNY Press has also received requests to adapt the book for dramatic presentations. In short, this “impressive compendium of eloquent messages” continues to evoke positive responses from readers that have exceeded our expectations. Yet there is still one major goal that we have not accomplished. We have the audacity to hope that our contributors will be invited to the White House for a meeting with the First Lady and a book signing.
Although we have sent numerous copies of the book to Mrs. Obama and her staff we have yet to hear from her. Now, seven months after the publication of “Go, Tell Michelle” contributors to this ground-breaking anthology once again have penned letters to First Lady Michelle Obama. Whether we are successful or not, Peggy and I are so pleased to know that the GTM Sisterhood Network continues to demonstrate the power of a sisterhood that is focused, supportive, communicative, skilled and literate. Thank you, GTM Sisters!