Ida B’s Table kicks off the Grand Opening Weekend with star power and the living descendants of a legend. The evening's festivities begins with “The Life of Ida B. Wells” presented by Michelle Duster, from 7-8pm in The Real News Network Studios (Studio 1). Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, will speak about Wells’ work and legacy (her bio is below). Duster will be joined by two other great-grandchildren of Ida B. Wells: David Duster, and Dan Duster.
Danny Glover, actor, director and activist, will join Chef David in the kitchen to cook his family’s gumbo recipe. Gumbo appetizers will be shared with those who are joining us for Chef David’s "Introduction to Modern Soul Food."
Chef David’s menu offers local produce and proteins, prepared with a firm grasp of culinary history, and an awareness of contemporary style. This is modern soul food. Join us for a 3-course meal designed to be a tour of this new cuisine. The meal will start promptly at 8pm. A wine pairing, offered for an additional charge, and cash bar will also be available.
Musical acts Ama Chandra and Lafayette Glichrist will be performing throughout the evening, and we’ll be unveiling the parlor room and drawing room! Eze Jackson will be serving as MC.
Michelle Duster is an author, speaker and educator who believes it is essential that the contributions women and African Americans make to the United States be told in an accurate and complete way. She is active with several committees and organizations that create, document and promote the many “untold” stories.
She has been a member of the Chicago Women’s History Center for the past eight years and served as Secretary for the past four. She is also a member of The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee in Chicago that is working to develop a multi-dimensional piece of art that capture the life and times of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells. She served on the board for the National Public Housing Museum for three years. She also worked on the documentary films Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice with Bill Greaves and A Question of Color with Kathe Sandler.
Michelle Duster's professional background includes over two decades as a writer in the communications field - advertising, marketing, project management and event planning. In the last nine years, she has written and published four books. She co-edited Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change, co-wrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream, and wrote and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells - Ida In Her Own Words and Ida From Abroad. Her forthcoming book with Palgrave-Macmillan, that she co-edited with Paula Marie Seniors, PhD and Rose C. Thevenin, PhD, is an anthology of writings by African American women about the work and portrayal of Michelle Obama as the First Lady.
Michelle was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, studied film and video production at Columbia College Chicago, and earned her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She currently teaches writing at Columbia College Chicago and tutors at Wilbur Wright College.
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