Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls

  • Michelle Duster
  • Paula Marie Seniors
  • Rose C. Thevenin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Power

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rhonda Gray
      Pages 3-4
    3. Stenetta Anthony
      Pages 5-5
    4. Ruby Mendenhall
      Pages 29-30
    5. Yasmine Huggins
      Pages 31-42
    6. Jasmine J. Wyatt
      Pages 43-49
  3. Patriotism and Service

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Rhonda Gray
      Pages 53-54
    3. Hazel Marie Harris Watson
      Pages 55-55
    4. Sandy Philippeaux
      Pages 79-80
    5. Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel, Kristin Richardson
      Pages 121-152
    6. Kenisha Coy
      Pages 153-153
  4. Defying Stereotypes: Black Body, Black Beauty & Motherhood

  5. Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Rhonda Gray
      Pages 225-226
    3. Chamille Weddington
      Pages 227-227
    4. Trishaun C. Hall
      Pages 229-231
    5. Suzannah Grace Sese-khalid Jones
      Pages 241-246
    6. Clara B. Freeman
      Pages 261-262
  6. Aftermath

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Patiqua Rolle
      Pages 265-267
    3. Michelle Duster
      Pages 287-288
    4. Michelle Duster
      Pages 289-292
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-307

About this book


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.


Michelle Obama and African American Women Michelle Obama and the Media First Ladies and the Media Black Women and Embodiment Black Motherhood Black Women and Politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Duster
    • 1
  • Paula Marie Seniors
    • 2
  • Rose C. Thevenin
    • 3
  1. 1.Columbia College ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Africana StudiesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social SciencesFlorida Memorial UniversityMiami GardensUSA

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