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Michelle Duster    

Award-Winning Author & Educator

Michelle Duster is a writer and advocate for racial and gender equity in public history. She has initiated and supported dozens of local, state and national initiatives to have street names, markers, murals, and monuments honor her paternal great-grandmother Ida B. Wells and other African American female historic figures. She has worked on PBS documentary films and organized several film festivals.

She has written articles for several publications including Essence, Huffington Post and Teen Vogue and The North Star. In the last dozen years, Michelle’s writing has been included in eleven books. She co-edited Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change, co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream, plus wrote and edited two books that include the writings of Ida B. Wells - Ida In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad. Her most recent book that she co-edited is Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls.

She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She has received numerous awards including the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College and the Multi-Generational Activist Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission. She teaches and tutors writing at the college level and is working on three adult books, two children’s books, and several public history projects to be completed within the next three years. Her pop culture book titled Ida B. The Queen which will be released in 2021 by Atria-Simon & Schuster.

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