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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michelle Duster  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle attended Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, is a writer, speaker, and personal historian who focuses on the positive contributions of African Americans.In her effort to preserve the legacy of her great-grandmother, Michelle is involved in several projects named after Ida B. Wells including a scholarship fund at Rust College (Ida’s alma mater) and a museum in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She is also a member of a commemorative art committee in Chicago, which is developing a substantial piece of artwork that will be located in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The multi-dimensional piece will capture the life and times of her great-grandmother.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ida : in her own words :
ISBN: 0980239818. OCLC Number: 262432196

Benjamin Williams Pub.,. .

Ida from abroad :
ISBN: 0980239893. OCLC Number: 608235660

Benjamin Williams Pub.,. .

Ida from abroad :
ISBN: 9780980239898. OCLC Number: 608235660

Benjamin Williams Pub.,. .

Additional Title Information

  • IdaIn Her Own Words

    , Benjamin Williams Publishing, 2008

  • Ida From Abroad

    , Benjamin Williams Publishing, 2010

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Contact Michelle through her email address at