Ida B. Wells July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a prominent journalist, activist, and former slave. In her lifetime, she tackled issues on sexism, racism, and violence. As a skilled writer, she used her writing ability to shed light on the conditions of African Americans throughout the South.
Wells was born into slavery but was eventually freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. By the young age of 16, Wells had already lost both parents and a child. In 1884 a train conductor had her forcibly removed from her first class seat when she refused to move to the back. This encounter with racism was the final straw that broke the camels back and was the catalyst that got Wells into the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1896 Wells would go on to become one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
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