17. September 2019 - 13:00 till 14:30
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Emeritus Presents... Black Womanhood and Patriotism: From Ida B. Wells to Michelle Obama | Oakton Community College | Tuesday, 17. September 2019

Black Womanhood and Patriotism:  From Ida B. Wells to Michelle Obama
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Michelle Obama experienced extraordinary scrutiny regarding her level of patriotism.  From digging up her senior thesis from 23 years before, to a fist bump she and her husband shared, to short remarks she said that were taken out of context, there was an effort to paint her as someone who was not a “true” American.  Author, speaker, and educator, Michelle Duster examines the criticisms that were directed at Michelle Obama and compares them to the same type of scrutiny that her great-grandmother Ida B. Wells faced over a century before. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 I 1PM - 2:30PM

Doors Open: 12:15PM

Michelle Duster is the great-grandaughter of Ida B. Wells. She has edited and produced a number of books of which two include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells ("Ida In Her Own Words: The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from 1893" (2008, BW Publishing) and "Ida From Abroad: The timeless writings of Ida B. Wells from England in 1894" (2010, BW Publishing)). In both books, Michelle added a personal narrative comparing her experiences as a Black woman in this country to those of my great-grandmother who lived 100 years before me.