A Rose Bowl float celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the United States Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, marched in Pasadena, California on New Year’s Day carrying descendants of famous American suffragettes and civil rights leaders including descendents of Frederick Douglass (Kenneth B. Morris, Jr) and Ida B. Wells (Michelle Duster), both of whom Port Of Harlem interviewed.
The “Bouquet of Descendants” also included descendants of Harriet Tubman (Ernestine Wyatt), Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Coline Jenkins), and Susan B. Anthony (Marci Magnatta). The float won the title of best theme float.
Duster talked to Port Of Harlem about her current work in advancing women’s rights. “My way of contributing to women’s rights is to make sure Black women, in particular, are seen and remembered in our country’s history,” said Duster. “I have been working with a committee since 2008 to build a monument to honor my great grandmother Ida B Wells in Chicago,” she continued.
The Chicago monument will be in the city where the Ida B. Wells housing project once stood. Duster is also working with groups that are unveiling monuments that will include Wells in Memphis in March 2020 and another in Fairfax, VA in August 2020.