Ida B. Wells-Barnett: Leaving A Legacy

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.

2 comments:

sumit_r said...

Wells was a very influential and engaging woman because she began investigative journalism, a type of journalism in which reporters thoroughly investigate an issue or event. She started this because her friends were lynched, and so she decided to start her own anti-lynching campaign. She also organized boycotts because of her beliefs and has traveled to Europe on multiple occasions for her campaign on justice. Wells was a very active woman who worked with diligence to make an impact.

Emily Petrini said...

Ida B Wells was such an influential journalist because she took the extremely dangerous risk of reporting on stories that endangered her life as an African American Woman. According to the African American Registry, two of her most well-known editorials were about incidents of lynching in the 1890s. The first encouraged blacks to leave Memphis, an area where lynching was prevalent, and move to Oklahoma. The second argued that women were often the “willing initiators” or interracial relationships. Both of these topics were very taboo and controversial at the time, but her coming out to talk about these issues made her the prominent journalist she is seen as today.

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/ida-b-wells-journalist-and-anti-lynching-fighter