Ida B. Wells


Journalist, Activist, Feminist: Who Was Ida B. Wells?

“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said. ” —Ida B. Wells. Journalist. Activist. Feminist. All these words are accurate for...

Ida B. Wells pushed 7 presidents to pass anti-lynching legislation. Now it’s finally law.

In March 1898, the journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was the sole woman among eight congressmen who made a visit to the White House. They came to implore President William McKinley to punish the killers of Frazier Baker. South Carolina’s new postmaster, who was the first Black person to hold the position, and his daughter Julia, had been shot to death by members of a white mob a month earlier.

Ida B. Wells: Civil rights campaigner for racial equality

Ida B. Wells was a journalist and activist who used her writing to highlight the sociology of racial injustice in the United States during the time of segregation. She used her work to educate Americans and the world about violence against Black men and women, especially lynching, which had personally impacted Wells’ early life in the southern states.

University of Memphis’ Hooks Institute to Premiere Documentary on Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells on April 19

April 5, 2022 – The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will host the premiere film screening of “Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells” on April 19 at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program and film screening at 7 p.m.

Memphis honors Ida B. Wells by renaming street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ida B. Wells is women's history. "When I think about her courage, it's unparalleled," Wells' great-grandson, Daniel Duster, said. She was an investigative journalist, educator, and civil rights leader. Wells was born into slavery in Mississippi in 1862 and after the yellow fever killed tens of...

Ida B. Wells fled Memphis due to racism. Now she has a street named after her.

A section of Fourth Street in Downtown Memphis Monday morning was officially renamed in honor of Ida B. Wells, the pioneering civil rights activist and journalist. About 60 people gathered at the ceremony held on the corner of Fourth and Beale Street. It’s the latest Memphis recognition for Wells, who famously fought against racism, segregation and lynchings.

Rust College to create Ida B. Wells social justice center

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss.– Rust College announced Tuesday that it has received $1 million for infrastructure and facility improvements. In a press release, Rust College said the $1 million allocation will help in the creation of the Ida B. Wells Social Justice and Interpretive Center on the Mississippi Industrial College (MIC) campus in the Washington Hall […]