Join us for a virtual launch in honor of Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells . For this event, Michelle Duster will be in conversation with Karen Hawkins.
Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an pioneering woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Written by Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews) is a unique visual celebration of Wells’s life, and of the Black experience.
A century after her death, Wells’s genius is being celebrated in popular culture by politicians, through song, public artwork, and landmarks. Like her contemporaries Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony, Wells left an indelible mark on history—one that can still be felt today. As America confronts the unfinished business of systemic racism, Ida B. the Queen pays tribute to a transformational leader and reminds us of the power we all hold to smash the status quo.
Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Mic
Karen Hawkins is the co-publisher and co-editor in chief of the Chicago Reader, and founder of Rebellious Magazine for Women. She co-hosts two weekly podcasts: Of Course I'm Not OK and Feminist Erotica. You can find woefully infrequent updates about her work at blackkarenhawkins.com.