Ida B. Wells, Voice of Truth is an inspiring picture book biography of the groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist as told by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award Honoree artist Laura Freeman.
Ida B. Wells was an educator, journalist, feminist, businesswoman, newspaper owner, public speaker, suffragist, civil rights activist, and women’s club leader.
She was a founder of the NAACP, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the Alpha Suffrage Club, and the Negro Fellowship League.
She wrote, spoke, and traveled, challenging the racist and sexist norms of her time.
Faced with criticism and threats to her life, she never gave up.
This is her extraordinary true story, as told by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster and beautifully brought to life by Coretta Scott King Award Honoree artist Laura Freeman.
Michelle Duster is an author, speaker, educator, and the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells. Her recent works include Ida B. the Queen and the anthologies Impact: Personal Portraits of Activism and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls. Michelle was involved in having a major downtown Chicago street renamed to IDA B WELLS DRIVE in 2018 and worked with a committee to develop a monument in honor of her great-grandmother, which was completed in 2021 and located on the land where the Ida B. Wells Homes once stood in Chicago.
Originally from New York City, Laura Freeman now lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and has illustrated over thirty children’s books, including the Coretta Scott King Honor book Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English, and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal.