Like the majority of the globe, I've been enchanted by the Obamas since they arrived on the national stage and have greeted the end of the Obama era with sadness, anger, and a deep respect for the President and the First Family. Watching Michelle Obama find her voice on the national and then international stage has been wondrous to behold, and as a historian of American history, I am well aware that what the Obamas together created and achieved is a once in a generation (if not longer) set of accomplishments. Michelle's style, grace, humor, and steely resolve have helped me, a white woman, become better acquainted with myself and establish my own voice and vision with confidence.
But I did not see Michelle as the black community did. I mean, I assumed that her mere existence has been inspirational for black and brown women and girls around the world, but I didn't dwell much on the specificities of her achievements or the very personal ways in which the black community related to Michelle. This volume, a collection of essays written by various esteemed members of the black community (most of them female), brought me face to face with the reality of what she has done and will continue to do for African-American women and girls. I closed the book knowing a few things absolutely:
1. We will be discussing, defining, debating, and revising the importance of Michelle for many years to come.
2. Her presence and persistence in working to become and to live her most authentic self truly made an impact across so many fields and areas, from fashion and music to parenthood and political culture.
3. Many of those who admire Michelle do so, at least in part, because she's "flawlessly imperfect," unwilling to jettison her background, her blackness, her womanhood, her brilliant mind in order to appeal to one group or another (but this is not to say that she isn't constantly striving to better herself and her myriad of messages); they also feel as though she is imminently real and relatable. Almost every single essay featured a section in which the writer almost sheepishly declared something like, "I know I'm not as important or transcendent as Michelle and her husband are, but our lives have parallels and her experiences in some way match my own." That was what really struck me the most, the way in which the essayists felt somehow connected or even embraced by Michelle.
4. Michelle is just getting started.
This was an excellent read. I've spent so much time focusing on Obama and what he was able to accomplish, the way in which he wore his duties easily, his elegance, his style, his brilliance and confidence. So to be awakened to the lives Michelle touched as "mom in chief," First Lady, consummate hugger, and public figure was a delight. Her grace, humor, and resolve in the face of truly disgusting criticism and endless attempts to figuratively constrain her as a woman (and an unrepentant Black woman at that) has been truly and utterly amazing, a feat that few could manage successfully. Michelle is a revelation.
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own (English Edition) Kindle电子书
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Shows the Multi-dimensional Side of Michelle Obama2017年2月13日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This kindlebook of The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers On The Iconic First Lady And How Her Journey Inspires Our Own by Veronica Chambers opens with a heartfelt tribute by Ava Duvernay. The writers recall what they know about Michelle Obama’s life. One of the writers mentioned about Michelle Obama taking her daughters to dance lessons and movie play dates on Saturdays (I take it to mean before her husband became President). There is mention about some of the women connected andor knew Michelle Obama (Cindy Moelis, Valerie Jarrett). However, I was shocked to see that even Michelle Obama had to undergo great judgment from others when a writer wrote an article for New York magazine about Michelle Obama and the Vineyard vacation spot. I admit that one of the reasons why this kindlebook caught my attention was because my husband and I mutually agreed that Michelle Obama running for President one day would make a good Presidential race. However, I want to refrain from saying more for now to try to keep things drama-free because I do come from a racially diverse family (family members of Native American, Caucasian, andor African American/Black American descent)where I know of at least two of my family members who expressed support for Trump becoming President. However, one of those family members is from my late adoptive mother’s side (she was an American born woman of Caucasian descent) and they provide emotional support and encouragement to me through both the challenging times of my life and good times. The other family member who expressed support for Trump becoming President is my 78 year old adoptive father (American born man of Mexican and Aztec Indian descent)who took me in as his own daughter when he didn’t have to when I was just a few months shy of 8 years old.
This is a fantastic book. I read it in a day2018年9月2日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
This is a fantastic book. I read it in a day. In fact, I will be using excerpts from it in my AP Language class. The book inspired me to think about the rhetoric of food. Love the diversity of the contributors.
Stars of Writing Reflect on One Communal Star in the 44th FLOTUS2018年1月11日 - 已在美国亚马逊上发表
What a diverse group of writers have come together to reflect on Mrs. Obama's reflection! Each one was unique and special in its sentiment. Thanks to the editor for pulling it together. It was an engaging read from beginning to end.