Monday, August 20, 2012


Ida B. Wells 
A passion for justice
What did she do?
What didn’t she do?

She was a journalist, writer, editor, feminist, anti-racist and crusader against the horrors of lynching.  She was one of the earliest leaders of the nascent Civil Rights movement and was tireless in her efforts to improve the lives of her fellow blacks, despite her humble beginnings.

From an unofficial biography that can be accessed here:

Ida B. Wells-Barnett ranks among the most important founders of modern civil rights and feminist movements among African Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century United States. Her importance is both intellectual and social; the ideas she expressed and organizations she helped organize have endured to this day. Her analysis of lynching in the 1890s, especially of mob murder of black men wrongly accused of raping white women, has held up to the scrutiny of generations of scholars and activists, as have the organizations she helped shape: the National Association of Colored Women (1896) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (1909)
She was also one of the founding members of the NAACP together with WEB Dubois. She squeezed an impressive list of accomplishments into her short time on this earth. Her list of writings has an amazing breadth and depth that is almost unparalleled.

Her full body of work can be seen at the link below:

Greatest quote:
The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.

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