Today is the birthday of Ida B. Wells, a journalist and activist who fought for equality. She was born on this day in 1862 and passed away on March 25, 1931. Check out her most inspiriting words.

1. Journalist And Suffragist Ida B. Wells

Journalist And Suffragist Ida Wells Barnett Source:Getty

Today is Ida B. Wells’ birthday, a journalist and activist who fought against equality. She was born on this day in 1862 and passed away on March 25, 1931. Check out her most inspiriting words.

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#MondayMotivation In other words, I said what I said. #DearMama Tell your children the truth and shame the devil. ⠀ ⠀ In honor of the work of Ida B. Wells, The Ida B. Well Commemorative Art Committee, which includes her great grandchildren, are raising funds to erect a statue of the civil rights pioneer in Bronzeville, the Chicago neighborhood where she once lived, worked and raised her family. Donate here: https://buff.ly/2mnaFqc⠀ ⠀ Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was orphaned at 16 after both of her parents from a yellow fever epidemic. In order to support and care for her five remaining siblings, she secured a job as a teacher. She eventually moved to Memphis where she became a leading journalist and civil rights activist.⠀ ⠀ When her newspaper office was destroyed in an angry response to her outspoken writings, Ida B. Wells was exiled from Memphis, and stayed away from the South for over 30 years. In 1893 and 1894, she traveled across the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain, passionately writing and speaking out against lynching. She eventually moved to Chicago and married Ferdinand L. Barnett in 1895. The widowed Ferdinand was an attorney and editor of The Conservator, one of Chicago’s Black newspapers. In addition to the two children from his first marriage, he and Ida had four children together.⠀ ⠀ Ida B. Wells-Barnett continued her activism while juggling motherhood and her many civil rights commitments. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the NAACP, although she later had conflicts with its leadership because she was perceived as too “radical.” She also worked with Susan B. Anthony as a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage.⠀ ⠀ In Chicago, Ms. Wells worked with Jane Addams to prevent the establishment of segregated public schools, helped to open Chicago’s first kindergarten for Black children, founded the Negro Fellowship League to assist Black men and boys who were excluded from the YMCA, and started the Alpha Suffrage Club – an organization of Black women who worked to obtain the right to vote.⠀ #HappyBirthday #IdaBWells #IdaPledge

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