Go, Tell Michelle: You’ve Read the Book, Now See the Play

Posted by Audiegrl

“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.”~~Excerpt from a letter to Michelle Obama

Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady was first published in January 2009. In December 2009, “Go, Tell Michelle” was named by book and movie critic Kam Williams as one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2009. My daughter gave this to me as my Mother’s Day present last year, and I highly recommend it. I thought it would be a great way to start off the new year (and new decade), to introduce the book to those who have not read it yet, and also give me a chance to provide a photo slideshow of our First Lady during the first year.

Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First LadyGo, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady”, the award winning volume of 100 letters to Michelle Obama written shortly after the 2008 election of President Barack Obama has been adapted as a dramatic production. Drs. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, co-authors and editors of the book, have been working with Dr. Robert Knopf, chair of University at Buffalo’s Drama Department on this dramatization. The outcome of this collaboration is Dr. Knopf’s adaptation, a one hour play that features three readers.

Dr. Knopf describes “Go, Tell Michelle: the Play” as more than a dramatic reading: “It is a montage of lost voices, personal stories, and heartfelt emotions unleashed by the tide of history that has swept the nation.” Under Dr. Knopf’s direction, storyteller Karima Amin, Brooks-Bertram and Seals Nevergold will give voice to the stories and poems in this dramatic adaptation.

The play will debut on January 19th at University at Buffalo’s Allen Hall on the South Campus on the eve of the first anniversary of President Obama’s historic inauguration. Performance time is 7:00pm and Jericka Duncan, reporter from WIVB-TV will act as Emcee. A second performance will take place at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library on January 20th. Both performances will be free and open to the public.

The Warmth, Style, and Grace of First Lady Michelle Obama

This is the short biography of Michelle Obama that introduced the Obama family to families across America. It originally played the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

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Drs. Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram on C-SPAN Book TV (03/28/09)

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21 responses to “Go, Tell Michelle: You’ve Read the Book, Now See the Play

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  2. SouthernGirl2

    Hey Audiegrl,

    You rocked that post. It’s absolutely wonderful. How’d you do that slide? That’s pretty darn cool, lady!

    Michelle Obama is all that. She’s a rockstar indeed.

    I love the President & First Lady!

    • audiegrl

      Thanks SG2, just email or call me, and I can walk you through the way to do it with http://www.slide.com

      I love to collect pictures, so using the slideshow is much easier than trying to size them to fit on the blog. You can even add music to it if you want. 🙂

      • Hey Audiegrl,

        Do you have to upload your pics to slide.com in order for it to work?


        • audiegrl

          Hey Webb, thanks for stopping by. Yep, it allows you to upload large groups all at one time. Email me once you get your pics in, there is a special thing you have to do to get the code for Disqus. 🙂

      • SouthernGirl2


        Music can be added? I like it. I just might try it out. It totally rocks.

  3. Miranda

    I’m ashamed to say I STILL havent gotten the book! OK, I resolve to make a list of the things I MUST do and this is on it!

  4. Incredible Work Audiegrl! Thanks for cross-posting it over at WEESeeYou.com.

    While I’m at it, let me send a shout-out to all of the other 44-D peeps (especially looking at GeoT). Feel free to drop by WSY and share the good word (and drop some picks) with us too.

  5. Thanks Audiegrl,

    I’m replying to your last comment on the Slide.com thread with SG2. Apparently, this theme only allows threaded comments to be four levels deep…guess that’s another benefit of disqus.

    WEE actually have gallery functionality (NexGen Gallery) where we upload directly to our own server rather than another site. Thanks for the recommendation though!

  6. Audiegrl, thanks for picking up our post on Go, Tell Michelle, the Play and our Book TV presentation. For the last year, we have been sharing the messages of this book. More than polite, congratulatory letters, these are letters that speak to the historic significance of President Obama’s election and Michelle Obama’s role as the first African American First Lady. This book provides the only record of the response of African American women to this historic event. We have been committed to sharing these profound messages with the world and now through this dramatic adaptation have another vehicle that we hope will mark this once in a lifetime event. Thank you for sharing our work with your readers.

    On a related note, my colleague and I have a ten year plus history of working to record the histories of African American women and men “community builders” – little known Americans who have been instrumental in contributing to the growth and development of their community. We have especially focused on these historic African American women as we not only want to share their histories, but in order to do so, we have to identify, collect and preserve those histories. Our Institute, the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research & Education on Women, Inc. has just observed its 10th year and has collected and preserved the histories of hundreds of individual African American women and men as well as community history. Please see our website.

    • audiegrl

      Dr. Nevergold,

      I’m honored that you contacted me. It was a pleasure blogging about your amazing book. My daughter gave “Go, Tell, Michelle” to me as a Mother’s Day gift last year, so it is something I will always treasure for many reasons. Last year was so historic; it’s sometimes difficult to put into words…the way the election effected so many men and women of color. For me, the letters in your book allowed us a chance to rejoice and speak from the heart, about something that touched us very deeply, something we never thought would happen in our lifetimes. I’d like to thank you for that…

      Please keep me posted on your work with Dr. Brooks-Bertram at the Uncrowned Queens Institute. I would be happy to blog about your next event or project. Best of luck with the play, I know it will be a great success. 🙂

  7. betsmeier

    I am going to order that book right now. 🙂 I believe that Michelle Obama will go down in the history books as one of the very best First Ladies.

  8. Alexander2

    Thank you, audiegirl. I didn’t know about this book and it sounds fascinating. I learn so much from your site.

  9. shanti2

    Audiegrl, your post on First Lady Michelle Obama is sublime.

    I just read Go,Tell Michelle over the holiday; It is a treasure!. Iam looking forward to seeing the play.

    What a treat to see the slideshow and read a personal comment from Dr. Nevergold to acknowledge your efforts to promote a legacy!

    Thank you, audiegrl; you always inspire us with your creative ingenuity.

  10. good artikel, tq for information

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