Messages of encouragement and wisdom will come alive in the staged reading of Go, Tell Michell: Letters to the First Lady, premiering at Coppin State University’s James Weldon Johnson Auditorium on March 18.

Drawn from the book Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady, the performance will be a presentation of poems and letters of support, written by women from all across the country and addressed to Michelle Obama following her husband’s election to presidency. The book was penned by Baltimore native Peggy Brooks-Bertram and Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold.

The performance at Coppin will mark the second professional presentation of the production, as it first premiered in San Diego, Calif. in February.

Bertram, now a resident of Buffalo, N.Y., received her early education at Baltimore City Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate studies at Goucher College and later received a master’s and doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

In 2003, she co-authored the book series, Uncrowned Queens: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York and the State of Oklahoma. Bertram is currently working on a sequel to Go, Tell Michelle and a biography of her life growing up in East Baltimore.

‘Go, Tell Michelle, Letters to the First Lady,’ will premiere at Coppin State University’s James Weldon Johnson Auditorium on March 18 at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: