Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. Wells Looks to Erect Memorial


Michelle Duster is a woman on a mission. And it runs in her family.

In Duster’s case, that mission involves a campaign to erect a memorial to her great-grandmother— journalist and civil rights crusader Ida B. Wells, whose own missions included a successful campaign to expose the horrors of lynching in 19th century America.

“She was willing to speak out about injustice, even though it was dangerous for her to do so,” Duster notes. “She so strongly believed in the idea that African Americans should be, deserved to be, and needed to be considered to be equal citizens in this country, and she fought her whole life for that reality.” 

There is irony in the story. The public housing projects that bore her name here in Chicago, the Ida B. Wells Homes, have been revealed as a site where…

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