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Views: A Conversation with Michelle Duster, Author of IDA B. THE QUEEN

Ida B Wells’s story is more resonant today than ever. Wells’s life’s work was dedicated to the fight for racial justice. She challenged systems, exposed truths, and committed herself to those who did not have power. 

IDA B. THE QUEEN: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells is the inspiring new biography of this revolutionary figure, written by her great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster. Duster’s extensive research on Wells’s life and career complements her own story of self-discovery and activism. IDA B. THE QUEEN details Wells’s journey from ferocious teen to pioneering journalist to anti-lynching crusader, relayed in the intimate and introspective voice of a family member. 

Join us online on Sunday, March 28th at 4 pm for a conversation between Michelle Duster and Lori Osborne, Frances Willard House Museum Director, as they explore Duster’s work to recover Wells’ story and ensure her legacy is not forgotten. They will also delve into issues uncovered in the 2019 Truth Telling Project, where the museum explored the 1890s conflict between Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells. And they will discuss how important it is not only to ensure that women’s stories are not forgotten but told in the landscape of our world, including in museums and public art projects.

This program is part of the Views program series at the Frances Willard House Museum and WCTU Archives that explores topics related to the story of Frances Willard and the work of the WCTU, and highlights new research and writing in women’s history. 

For more information and to register, click here.

This program is free. We encourage donations to support our programs – you can make a donation here.

To order the book from our local bookstore – Bookends and Beginnings – click here. 

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