Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1869. Ida was born into slavery like her parents. When Ida was fourteen both of her parents and brother died of yellow fever. She still managed to take care of her five brothers and sisters and also kept her education up.

Even after slavery was over, people still took blacks homes, land and even their lives. Ida could not stand this abuse to blacks. She tried to stop them by using her words. Soon she had a whole war going on because she used her words.

After she taught for six years, Ida started working at a local black newspaper. When she was a news editor she wrote articles about discrimination. Soon she started to carry around pistols with her because she was in so much danger. Soon she also had to run away from Memphis because she was threatened by lynch mobs. She was one of most militant journalists in her era. She became a secretary of the National Afro-American Council and later for the Fellowship League. She died in 1931.

http://www.greatwomen.org/wbrnett.htm
http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/015.html

1999, by Carina, fourth grade

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