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
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