Feb 042013


Ida Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was a journalist, newspaper editor, and an early leader in the civil rights movement.  She documented lynching in the US, showing it as a means for control or punishment.  Her parents died of yellow fever when she was young, but she went on to a remarkable career in journalism. She frequently wrote with passionate resistance about the friends and neighbors she saw lynched for no reason in her own town. She became invested in securing women’s rights and marched in the famous 1913 Suffrage parade in Washington DC, insisting that she and other women of color must march alongside the white women, and not in separate ranks. Later in life, she became one of the founding members of the NAACP, opposing even Booker T. Washington for not being extreme enough. She continued to fight for equality of race and gender until her death. (thanks to Wikipedia for some background info)

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