IDA B. WELLS

Ida B. Wells was a courageous journalist, anti-lynching crusader, women's rights activist, and civil rights pioneer. She was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862, six months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Wells traveled throughout the South investigating lynching incidents and published her findings in pamphlets entitled "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases” and the “Red Record”. Ida B Wells dedicated her writing to the struggles of her people. She wrote: “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” Ida B. Wells-Barnett died in 1931, leaving behind a legacy of courage and tenacity in the fight against injustice in America.