New Book Explores Legacy Of First Black Female Investigative Journalist ‘Ida B. The Queen’

Ida B Wells Monument
In this Dec. 2, 2011 photo, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells, holds a print of Wells' postage stamp in her home in Chicago's South Side. For six decades Wells was woven into the fabric of the South Side as the namesake of a public housing project that was home to thousands. Nearly a decade ago when the city razed the development and replaced it with new townhomes, Duster and her family worried the journalist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader would be forgotten. Now, to mark the 150th anniversary of Wells' birth in 2012, an effort is under way to build a sculpture to honor her legacy at the site of the housing development. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo
Ida B Wells Monument
In this Dec. 2, 2011 photo, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells, holds a print of Wells' postage stamp in her home in Chicago's South Side. For six decades Wells was woven into the fabric of the South Side as the namesake of a public housing project that was home to thousands. Nearly a decade ago when the city razed the development and replaced it with new townhomes, Duster and her family worried the journalist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader would be forgotten. Now, to mark the 150th anniversary of Wells' birth in 2012, an effort is under way to build a sculpture to honor her legacy at the site of the housing development. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

New Book Explores Legacy Of First Black Female Investigative Journalist ‘Ida B. The Queen’

Michelle Duster, on a virtual book tour to present her latest work, ‘Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells,’ says she hopes her great-grandmother’s life and her legacy of truth-telling, organizing and challenging systems inspires all to know their voices are important.

GUEST: Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells and author of Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells