New book released on life and legacy of Ida B. Wells

Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, discusses her new book on the American civil rights pioneer.
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Transcript for New book released on life and legacy of Ida B. Wells
37 years ago today may fourth 1884. Young black woman named Ida B wells was thrown off of the train for sitting in a whites only car but the railroad company messed with the wrong woman. Wells who was formerly enslaved sue the railroad and one. Though that decision was later reversed by the Supreme Court Ida B wells went on to be at your journalist an element her own newspaper she led an anti lynching crusader an advocated for women's suffrage. She was widely publish and traveled around the world to lecture and was so outspoken that the FBI opened a file on her. Calling wells a dangerous negro agitator. Wells died in 1931. But her legacy certainly lives on in last year again on May fourth Ida B wells. Was honored with a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence. Against African Americans Honeywell's great granddaughter Michelle duster has just published a biography of her famous relative called eye candy the queen an extraordinary life and legacy and Ida B wells. Michelle thank you so much for joining us. Tell you so much Aaron. So drawing up with such an important family legacy was and something that you talked about often or saute about a lot growing up. Why do you. Great grandmothers. Grandmothers arch anti and you I don't last famous aunt and she was Charlie since she suffered just. Honest. I recognize the magnitude of what she knew she was losing aged she lives. When she arm wasn't rob zoning hearing the news. And we know that she was enslaved and births tell us a little bit more about her early life. She was warranted in this award 1860 shooter in Mississippi each and she only had a chance to paper and and it's their brains you would educate our our way politically boxed in cited example. I'm sorry exact she writes you an American and everybody else. And your book is is a beautiful mix of Ida B wells history stunning illustrations and your own story as well you said that your goal was to humanize your great grandmother house so. I. Understand. And records in all of these amazing things in our rights she also at times he had times has he done herself when she felt discouraged she let me so Walsh and she's hour can each day. When people see that somebody or any. More later. And you've done so much research on your great grandmother. Why she was so fearless. Black woman a double minority raised in the deemed sounds just after the civil war he said yet she had no hesitation standing up for herself and others. At such an early age. And her parents huge influence on harsh on it will lead Sheen is our strategy op perch on SARS. Since she was my age for personal reasons that she lost her friends and violence and she it's she shared our nation general knew he actually. And much of the book is of course about your great grandmother but you also highlight other black activist from Frederick Douglass WEB du bois and Shirley Chisholm to contemporary figures like. Colin Catherine it can vice president Collin Harris alongside at least here great grandmother what was your goal in doing that. Younger generation understands. All my great grandmother was born over a 160 years I'll watch the worst she's doing her work she did she is still being continue on each and you know why aren't people carton movements. On and so we still have this strong and is due to last or eight years. And what are some of the lessons of Ida B wells life that they wanted to share with your audience especially young people who are just starting out. I want to see you can make friends and kidney or once arch Beijing. Organizing. Sting and should see how our hands so you know until they actually Jimmy. One person intimate. It's Michelle duster thank you so much again that book is available wherever books are sold.

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