2021 Woman History Month celebration
March 8, 2021 at 7-8pm ET
Co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee


Dr. Khadijah Miller and Dr. Ernestine Duncan '79 will discuss their book chapter, "Negotiated Respectability, the Looking Glass Self and Mrs. Michelle Obama" The book, Michelle Obama and the FLOTUS Effect: Platform, Presence, and Agency explores the role of the first African-American First Lady, and considers her impending legacy on the American political landscape, and society.


Michelle Obama intentionally defined her role and herself in ways that countered and complemented the images and works of previous First Ladies.  Together, as FLOTUS and President of the United States, Michelle and Barack Obama reframed the view and evidenced the possibility of a strong Black man and Black woman, co-existing and thriving individually and collectively. Her initiatives, which were consistent with other first ladies were established to improve the quality of life for all Americans. The strategies she used were crafted to influence and empower rather than denigrate and divide. Through her accomplishments as a woman, a mother, a Black woman and FLOTUS, Michelle Obama has stood straight in the ‘crooked room’ of America, and American culture is evermore changed.   

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Ernestine WILLIAMS Duncan '79

Dr. Ernestine Duncan ’79 is a clinical psychologist and holds the rank of Full Professor of Psychology at Norfolk State University where she has served on the faculty for 20 years.

As an academician, Dr. Duncan studies issues related to student success and college preparedness in African American students.  Her additional research focuses on mental health, coping and physical correlates of stress for African Americans.  Her current research projects continue to explore the impact of stress on African American women’s mental and physical health. As a clinical psychologist, she specialized in health psychology and psychological testing Dr. Duncan has recently resumed practice and provides coaching and psychotherapy services.

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Khadijah O. Miller, PhD is a Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Interim Dean of the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College at Norfolk State University, Virginia. She is the former chair of the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, where she led the University’s first fully online undergraduate degree program, spearheaded the development of the University’s first minor in Africana Studies along with such courses as The Black Woman and Black Lives Matter. As an academician, Miller studies, develops and implements curricular activities that support students’ success, interests and preparation for post-collegiate pursuits. With a BA in Print Journalism from New York University, MA & PhD in African American Studies from Temple University, Pennsylvania, Miller research interests include Black womanhood, girlhood and motherhood. She is a recent Virginia gubernatorial appointee to the Taskforce for the Identification of the History of Formerly Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Vice President of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and a Board Member of the ACE Women’s Virginia Network.