Last night we had an awesome program – Ida: In Her Own Words, a book signing and student performance which paid homage to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, activist and anti-lynching crusader. This program was one in a series of programs that coincide with our latest exhibition, The Reason Why.
Students from the UIC TRIO/Upward Bound Program created and performed, “The Antipathy of Black Inequality: A Tribute to Ida B. Wells-Barnett.” These college-bound performers held the audience captive as they traced the life and times and ups and downs of Mrs. Wells-Barnett.
The guest of honor was speaker and author Michelle Duster, who enthralled us with her down-to-earth musings about Black history, her great-grandmother, and the two books that she has written about Ida B. Wells.