Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Journalist and Civil Rights Activist

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Born: July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Parents: Oldest daughter of James and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Warrenton-Wells

Siblings: 6

Ida and Family
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Spouse(s): Ferdinand L. Barnett (m. 1895)

Children: Charles, Herman, Ida, and Alfreda

Ida and Children
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Known Descendants: Great-Grandchildren Michelle, Daniel, and David Duster (pictured below)

Ida's Great-Grandchildren
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Education: Fisk University and Rust University

Occupation(s): Schoolteacher, Journalist, Newspaper Editor, Speaker, Sociologist, and Civil Rights Activist

Achievements, Accomplishments, and Contributions: Led the anti-lynching crusade in the United States during the 1890s and a suffragist (womens’ rights advocate ). Co-owner of anti-segregationist newspaper, Free Speech and Headlight and , autobiography, A Divided Duty and Crusade for Justice (1928), author of Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases (1890) and The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynchings in the United States (1895), in 1896 founded  the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs,  one of the original founders of the NAACP, and co-founder of the National Afro-American Council

Awards and Or Honors: Musical Drama, Constant Star (2006) by Tazewell Thompson is the subject of Ida’s life. The Ida B. Wells Homes, a housing project in the Southside of Chicago was built in her honor in 1941, On February 1, 1990, the United States Postal Service released a 25 cent postage stamp in her honor, named listed as one of 100 greatest African Americans by Afrocentric scholar Molefi Asante in 2002, and In 1995, AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee Inc.), the organization that honors black theater, bestowed four awards on “In Pursuit of Justice: A One-Woman Play About Ida B. Wells” written by Wendy Jones and starring Janice Jenkins. With the exception of letters to a fictional friend, Leonora, the play is based on historical incidents and speeches from Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s autobiography (Wikipedia).

Some Quotes By Or About Ida: 

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Death: March 25, 1931 in Chicago, IL

I salute this AMAZING HER-story making sista!

Sources: Bio at Wikipedia and


2 thoughts on “Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Journalist and Civil Rights Activist

    1. I agree. Very courageous woman. She was REALLY committed to justice for African peoples. I first learned of her story in my first year of college and it was one of those stories that really inspires and stays with you.

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