Wednesday, October 24

Ida B. Wells-Barnett-African American Journalist and Activist

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Her father was a skilled carpenter and her mother was cook. Ida's parents were very strict and religious. They took education seriously and wanted their children to take advantage of having the opportunity to go to school. 

Ida's struggles with racial discrimination caused her devote her life to eliminating this inequality. 
At the age of 14, Ida's parents and little brother died from yellow fever. To keep her family together, Ida took a teaching job and attending Rust College to further her education. In 1884, Ida was 
forcefully removed from a train due to her race, despite the 1875 Civil Rights Act. This was the first of many racial discrimination acts Ida endured during her life. In 1892, Ida's three friends were lynched, which caused Ida to spend the rest of her life working to end injustice towards colored people. 

Ida's many accomplishments were caused by her strong passion towards ending discrimination.
Later in her career, Ida created an anti-lynching campaign, the National Association of Colored Woman, the national Afro-American Council, and the Women's Era Club. She was a newspaper editor and owner, an African American journalist, a women's rights activist, a skilled rhetorician, and a civil rights leader. 

2 comments:

miriam_m said...

This post effectively highlights the hardships of Ida B. Wells-Barnett's life. After suffering through her brother's death, raising her younger sister, and having her three friends being lynched, she pushed to follow her talents and passions. Wells-Barnett even brought a case to the Supreme Court of Tennessee which charged her for sitting in the wrong part of a train car.
Some of her accomplishments need to be mentioned as well. After retiring, Wells-Barnett went back to work because she was so devoted to her causes. She was also editor of an early Black newspaper in Chicago. Lastly, she was one of the first Black women to run for office.

Source: http://www.duke.edu/~ldbaker/classes/AAIH/caaih/ibwells/ibwbkgrd.html

Karishma Patel said...

What I admire most about Ida Wells is her unrelenting determination despite all the obstacles she came across. After doing some more research I found out that even when she was trying to practice journalism by starting her own newspaper, she endured the trouble that came with the responsibility of informing the public. Ida Wells would do hard-hitting investigations for her newspaper that exposed the injustice of racial discrimination and racists acts such as lynching and because of this, her newspaper office in Memphis was destroyed by the white community. This only fired Ida Well’s motivation to fight back so she left to New York where she eventually joined the New York Age and continued her anti-lynching campaign. I think it’s amazing that journalistic writing can prove to be a powerful outlet for social justice.