Ida B. Wells

Journalist, Civil Rights Activist and Crusader

Accomplishments of Ida B. Wells

  • Refused to move to African-American train car and bit a man forcing her to leave
  • Successfully sued railroad company
  • Wrote about African American injustice and politics under pen name "Iola"
  • Later became owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight and the Free Speech
  • Was fired from teaching job when said concerns about the condition of black only schools
  • Inspired to write anti-lynching article when 3 men in Memphis were lynched
  • Put life at risk to do more research
  • Talked about campaign in England in 1893 and published "The Reason Why the Colored American is Represented in the World's Columbian Exposition."
  • Also published A Red Record
  • Wells took her campaign to White House and challenged Pres. William McKinley
  • Formed the National Association of Colored Women in 1896
  • Largely helped form the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Challenged Pres. Woodrow Wilson to stop racial discrimination in government
  • Made first African-American kindergarten in neighborhood
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I'd rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I had said.

-Ida B. Wells