Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an influential woman, born from slave parents made a voice through her writings. Educated from Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee, she not only was an activist, she was also a teacher after the death of her parents.
A woman of social justice, she made known of the racial and politics in the South.
The turning point in which started her path to righteousness.... a journalist and activist
The year 1884 started Ida B. Wells on her way to social justice. Being booted off a train from refusal to sit in the African American section, her case went through trial succeeded and then failed due to the supreme court. Her writings of issues on race and politics in the South blossomed in the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, and later the Free Speech newspapers/periodicals that she owned. A vocal critic in the "black only" public schools in the city, and a writer of articles about the lynching of her friend brought Ida B. Wells to gather information from all over the South, although with threats to her life. This brought her to New York where she wrote for the New York Age and worked hand in hand with Frederick Douglas and William Mckinley.
Creating a Legacy
Not only was Ida B. Wells-Burnett a vocal and expressive activist, she was also a creator, leaving behind several civil rights organizations. In being a part of the National Equal Rights League, she created the first African American kindergarten in her community and fought proudly for woman suffrage. Ida B. Wells-Burnett died on March 25th, 1931 from kidney disease with leaving her legacy as an influential journalist and activist.