Welcome and Keynote by Michelle Duster
Friday, June 11, 2021
Noon - 1:15pm (Central)

Keynote speaker: Michelle Duster, author, professor and public historian

Michelle Duster is an author, professor, public historian, and champion of racial and gender equity.  She will be talking with NFPW about her most recent book: Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, which was released in January  by Atria/One Signal Publishers (division of Simon & Schuster).

Duster has written, edited, or contributed to more than a dozen books. She co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; co-edited Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism; Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change; Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her paternal great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She has written articles for TIME, EssenceHuffPost, Teen Vogue, People, Glamour, Daily Beast, and the North Star. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, WTTW, CBS & CW as well as numerous radio shows. 

Her advocacy has led to street names, monuments, historical markers, and other public history projects that highlight women and African Americans, including Wells. She is working on two children’s picture books that will be published in 2022 and several public history projects that will feature women trailblazers.