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.