MOUNT VERNON — “I think Ida B. Wells should be remembered as an African-American woman who battled both racism and sexism at a time when it was extremely dangerous to speak out. … She used her gift of writing, speaking and organizing to help shed light on injustice. She was extremely brave and held steadfast to her convictions despite being criticized, ostracized and marginalized by her contemporaries.” —Michelle Duster, great-great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells.

This coming Thursday, Sandra Quick will portray Ida B. Wells, an investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement, who was one of the founders of the NAACP and who fought for equality for African Americans, especially women. Sandra has portrayed several characters in the Chautauqua Series, most notably Phyllis Wheatley.

Opening the program will be Bob Ford, bringing his own brand of music and entertainment to set the stage for a special night with a special lady.

The Chautauqua will be held in the lower level at the Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon.The facility is accessible for those with special needs. Doors open at 6 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m.

The Chautauqua Series bring year-round living history to the community and are presented on a donation basis. All donations go to the performers.

For more information about this and upcoming presentations, visit, or call 740-392-3018.


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