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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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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