IDA B. WELLS

IDA B. WELLS

Born July 16, 1862, Holly Springs, MS, USA

Died March 25, 1931, Chicago, IL, USA

  • Born into slavery, but just six months be- fore the Emancipation Proclamation gave freedom to over 3 million slaves

  • Known for her articles, books and lectures on racial injustice—speci cally on the sub- ject of lynchings and white supremacy

  • Helped launch the National Association of Colored Women in 1896; group was active in anti-lynching and voting rights campaigns

  • Ran for the Illinois State Legislature in 1930; though unsuccessful, was one of the rst African American women to run for o ce