When they asked for messages for Michelle Obama, women of all ages and backgrounds responded. Many of them echoed the words of Paine College President Shirley A.R. Lewis who wrote, "Thank you for being such a vital part of this dream that I never thought I'd see in my lifetime."
Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Books-Bertram, co-founders of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women at the University at Buffalo, had the idea right after the election of Barack Obama. Why not go online and invite women everywhere to write to Michelle Obama and share their feelings about the election of her husband to the US presidency?
They received more than 200 responses from the US, Africa, and the Caribbean. These letters (and poems) are now being published in a book titled, "Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady."