Wesleyan invites Michelle Obama to give speech

First lady Michelle Obama has been invited to speak at Wesleyan College.

The college for women hopes Obama will visit in February, which is Black History Month, but would welcome her anytime she can make it to Macon, Wesleyan spokeswoman Susan Welsh said.

Wesleyan President Ruth Knox wrote to Obama this month, asking her to deliver a speech on “The Importance of Service,” Welsh said. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert is sending his own letter to encourage the first lady to visit.

The college has not yet heard back from the White House, Welsh said Wednesday afternoon.

Wesleyan, which began holding classes in 1839, is said to be the first college to grant degrees to women. The school’s Web site lists a number of firsts for Georgia women achieved by alumnae, including the first woman in Georgia to earn a doctorate in medicine and the first woman to argue a case before the Georgia Supreme Court.