Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls

Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls

Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls

Michelle Obama's Impact on African American Women and Girls

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This edited collection explores how First Lady Michelle Obama gradually expanded and broadened her role by engaging in social, political and economic activities which directly and indirectly impacted the lives of the American people, especially young women and girls. The volume responds to the various representations of Michelle Obama and how the language and images used to depict her either affirmed, offended, represented or misrepresented her and its authors. It is an interdisciplinary evaluation by African American women and girls of the First Lady’s overall impact through several media, including original artwork and poetry. It also examines her political activities during and post-election 2016.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319924670
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 307
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michelle Duster is an author, speaker and educator who teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago, USA. She co-wrote, co-edited and contributed to eight other books. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, she earned her BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College and her MA in Media Studies from The New School.

Paula Marie Seniors is an associate professor at Virginia Tech, USA, biographer of her family’s legacy in Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists and award-winning author of Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Culture of Uplift, Identity and Politics in Black Musical Theater.

Rose C. Thevenin was born and raised in Haiti and is an associate professor at Florida Memorial University, USA. She is co-founder of the Florida Africana Studies Consortium and former National Vice-Director of the Association of Black Women Historians. She is co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora, and has won multiple awards and fellowships for scholarship, leadership and community service.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Power

2. Queen of Grace and Power (Rhonda Gray)

3. Power (Stenetta Anthony)

4. Michelle Obama as Administrator: Reflections (Barbara J. Edwards)

5. First Ladies/First Wives, First Women Presidents: Sexuality, Leadership and Power in the African Diaspora (Carole Boyce Davies)

6. Michelle Obama and Black Women as Alchemists (Ruby Mendenhall)

7. Michelle Obama: Flight vs. Flight (Yasmine Huggins)

8. When and Where I Enter (Jasmine J. Wyatt)

Part II: Patriotism and Service

9. Dark and Lovely (Rhonda Gray)

10. Mrs. Michelle Obama (Hazel Marie Watson)

11. Michelle Obama: American—Whether You Like it or Not (Michelle Duster)

12. My Hero (Sandy Philippeaux)

13. “A Quiet Untold Story of Profound Need:” The Activism, Partnerships, and Advocacy of First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Military Families (Rose C. Thevenin)

14. Celebrating African American Women Through Dance at the White House (Daveisha Gibson)

15. Lets Move! with Michelle Obama (Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel, Kristin Richardson)

16. Striving in Style (Kenisha Coy)

Part III. Defying Stereotypes: Black Body, Black Beauty & Motherhood

17. Unapologetic (Rhonda Gray)

18. Michelle’s Arms (Verna Hampton)

19. A Woman “Other Women Talk About”: Michelle Obama and the “Looks” of First Black Ladyhood (Tiffany Austin)

20. “Eating the Right Way”: Michelle Obama and Healthy Habits (Maurisha Ebanks)

21. Michelle Obama Raising Black Daughters to Be Magic (Duchess Harris, Avi Thomas)

22. Reconfiguring Black Motherhood: Michelle Obama and the “Mom in Charge Trope” (Paula Marie Seniors)

23. The Beauty of Michelle Obama (Terra Renee)

24. Michelle Obama: Marching to the Beat of Her Own Strengths and Defying Negative Stereotypes Along the Way (Leah T. Johnson)

Part IV: Legacy

25. Dreams of a Wildflower (Rhonda Gray)

26. A Free Spirited Dream (Chamille Weddington)

27. Black Girl Rocks: Michelle Obama, My Inspiration (Trishaun Hall)

28. Downton (Cr)Abbey: The First Lady, Hecklers and the Demise of Decorum (Lisalyn R. Jacobs)

29. Recipes for Michelle (Suzannah Grace Sese-khalid Jones)

30. And Then There Was Michelle Obama: Reflections from a Baby-Boomer Educator and a Millennial Young Woman (Michelle Howard-Vital, Madelyn Vital)

31. Multiple Sclerosis: An Unintended Motivator for First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Deidre Hill Butler (Deidre Hill Butler)

32. Brown Girl Challenge (Clara Freeman)

Part V: Aftermath

33. Election 2016 and Michelle Obama (Patiqua Rolle)

34. ‘Living Out Loud’: Michelle Obama and Election 2016 (Rose C. Thevenin)

35. A Title Removed: First Lady Michelle Obama Since Leaving the White House (Charleigha P. Knowles)

36. The Legacy of Michelle Obama Will Live On (Michelle Duster)

37. You Dared (Michelle Duster)

38. Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“An engaging, multi-dimensional commentary on embracing power with poise and grace. Michelle Obama simply lives the American brand with a secure humility that should be replicated in all of our leaders. This collection of essays serves as an Obama encore. I want more!” (Robert J. Benz, Co-Founder, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives)

“A timely and insightful work, Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls is an impactful piece. It is one that should be read for ALL generations to come. Kudos to the authors who heeded the call and contributed to this thought-provoking book.” (Sharron Goodman-Hill, Instructor of Mass Communications, Rust College, and Host, WURC’s Straight Talk Live)

“This timely collection reminds us all how the character of our national leaders profoundly shapes our everyday lives and aspirations. In engaging and heartfelt contributions, these authors show how Michelle Obama not only influenced national policy initiatives, but how her character sets a legacy of integrity, energy and intelligence that continues to inspire and guide millions of Americans.” (Marilyn Krogh, Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago)

“This lively, personal, and insightful anthology makes abundantly clear the far-reaching and multi-faceted impact of Michelle Obama. In the work of these authors, the First Lady's legacy will nourish and challenge future generations of Americans to come. I welcome and celebrate this book!” (Patricia A. Schechter, Professor of History, Portland State University)

“It is necessary and inspiring to read these insightful and powerful reflections on the legacy of Michelle Obama. America’s only African American First Lady made an extraordinary impression around the world during her eight years in the White House. From her stylish emergence in 2008 to her powerful oratory at the Democratic National Convention in 2016, she has energized people around the globe. This marvelous collection of essays and reflections is a beautiful and critically important documentation of Michelle Obama’s impact and a thoughtful exploration of the issues her leadership has shaped.” (Bryan Stevenson, Director, Equal Justice Initiative and Professor of Law, New York University, and best-selling author of Just Mercy)

“This collection of the myriad voices of Black women from all fields pays tribute to the inspiring, eloquent, and elegant former First Lady, Michelle Obama. The contents of this compelling and provocative book, more than a mere compilation of essays and poems, are rather deeply felt personal, heartfelt reflections on Mrs. Obama’s legacy. No need to read in chronological order, from beginning to end; treat it like a literary smorgasbord; a tasting menu; but do read it all! Completely satisfying, engaging and all together spiritually nourishing. A true keepsake.” (Tazewell Thompson, Award-winning Playwright, Theatre and Opera Director)

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