This Compilation of Letters to FLOTUS Reveals "The Meaning of Michelle"

Though the Obamas' time in the White House is coming to a close, their supporters will continue to remember them long after their candidacy is over. And while President Barack Obama will undoubtedly be remembered, MAKER and FLOTUS, Michelle Obama has a legacy all her own that will continue to inspire.

In fact, "The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own," a book edited by Veronica Chambers, features letters from 16 writers about how Michelle Obama's journey as first lady impacted and inspired them.

According to News One, the featured pieces are written by "16 of our most celebrated writers, essayists, artists and cultural shape shifters including Ava DuVernay, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Forde, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Carroll, and Roxane Gay."

"Barack and Michelle Obama served this country for two terms as President and First Lady of the United States of America. Imagine that. America shaped in the image of a black man — with a Black woman by his side," MAKER DuVernay penned in the book, according to ELLE. "Even after eight years of watching them daily in the press, the fact that the most powerful man in the world is a Black man is still breathtaking to me. The fact that he goes home to a tight-knit, loving family headed by a Black woman is soul-stirring. That woman is Michelle. Michelle! That name now carries a whole world of meaning. And a whole world of memory. And a whole world of magic."

"The Meaning of Michelle" is now available for purchase. Be sure to watch Michelle Obama's exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above.

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