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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

Duster was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michelle Duster is the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells. She is a writer, speaker, professor, 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.

In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and 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 for Essence, Refinery29, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, and The North Star.

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Contact Michelle through her email address above.

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Benjamin Williams Pub.,. .

Ida B. the queen :
ISBN: 1982129816. OCLC Number: 1231455769

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Written by her great-granddaughter, a historical portrait of the boundary-breaking civil rights pioneer covers Wells' early years as a slave, her famous acts of resistance, and her achievements as a journalist and anti-lynching activist.

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

Benjamin Williams Pub.,. .