The Seattle Public Library will virtually present Michelle Duster, who will discuss her new book “Ida B. The Queen,” and consider Ida B. Wells’ impact on American history from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 25. Duster is a writer, speaker, professor and the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome; registration is required.

Go to to sign up for the online event.

In 1862, Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.

According to a library release, during her lifetime, Wells was overlooked and taken too lightly — yet she was a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman who brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP.

This program will be recorded, captioned and posted for 30 days on The Seattle Public Library’s YouTube page after the event.