Ida B. Wells – Journalist, Suffragist, Editor



Ida Bell Wells, born into slavery on 16 July 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is known for her relentless work in promoting women’s rights and for advocating equal rights. For example, she documented lynching in the United States in the early 1890’s and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). However, yet the story of her interesting life and doings has not reached the broad masses.

In 1878 the then 16 year old Ida Went to visit her grandmother in Mississippi Valley. After spending some time with her grandmother she received word from home that both her parents and her 10 moths old brother had died in yellow fever. After the funeral, friends and relatives decided that the remaining children, Ida and five siblings, would be split up and be sent to different foster homes. Ida, being the oldest, refused letting this happen, and to keep…

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