January 13, 2017

'Meaning of Michelle' writers to gather for discussion at Free Library of Philadelphia

Collection of essays pay tribute to Michelle Obama

Discussions Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

First lady Michelle Obama, arrives in the East Room of the White House during a preview of the 2016 holiday decor for military families on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in Washington.

"The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own," released on Jan. 10, pays tribute to Michelle Obama's accomplishments and ponders her post-FLOTUS legacy.

Award-winning journalist Veronica Chambers edited the collection of essays, which includes passages from Tony-nominated “Hamilton” actress Phillipa Soo, acclaimed film director Ava DuVernay and other successful and influential individuals.

Each contributor found their own unique way to reflect on Mrs. Obama.

According to an NBC interview with Chambers, one of the essays in the book is titled "She Slays: Michelle Obama and the Power of Dressing Like You Mean It."

Other essays in the collection focus on her humor, authenticity, public achievements and motherhood. 

Chambers will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Jan. 17 to read from the book and discuss it with contributors Benilde Little, Alicia Moran and Damon Young. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to attend.

An excerpt from "The Meaning of Michelle" can be read here.

Veronica Chambers with Benilde Little, Alicia Moran and Damon Young: "The Meaning of Michelle"

Tuesday, Jan. 17
7:30 p.m. | Free
Free Library of Philadelphia's Vine Street branch
1901 Vine St.
(215) 686-5322