Monday, March 8, 2021 - 5:00pm

LSP is honored to host a virtual book tour with Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.  Our Board Member, Laura Faith Kebede will be a panelist on this virtual book tour and will facilitate the conversation with the author of the book Ida B. the Queen

Please click here to register for this virtual event.  

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, public historian, and champion of racial and gender equity. She has written, edited, or contributed to sixteen books.  Her most recent, released January 26, 2021, is IDA B THE QUEEN:  THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND LEGACY OF IDA B WE.LLS (Atria/One Signal Publishers)

She also co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; co-edited Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism; Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change; Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She has written articles forTIMEEssenceHuffPost, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, The Hill, Daily Beast, and The North Star.  She has appeared on television programs on MSNBC, CNN, WTTW, CBS & CW as well as numerous radio shows. Her advocacy has led to street names, monuments, historical markers, and other public history projects that highlight women and African Americans, including Wells.

Her many awards include the 2019 Multi-Generational Activist Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College.  

She is a native Chicagoan who earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, and M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She also completed MFA coursework in film and video production at Columbia College Chicago


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