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Born on This Day 1862: Ida B. Wells, Journalist and Activist

Naveen Sultan about almost 2 years ago


Here at WMNF we embrace those who fight for justice, people that strive to make political and cultural change and those who understand that diversity creates peace and tolerance for all. Today, we can't think of a better way to celebrate these values than to honor the life of Ida B. Wells.

Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, on July 16, 1862. She was an African American journalist and activist whose parents were slaves. She became the leading female voice on African American injustice by covering the anti-lynching campaign in the United States in the 1890s which she took all the way to the White House. Wells risked her own life to cover the lynching stories and was one of the pioneers of fighting injustice in America. Happy birthday Ida!

Checkout this video to learn more about Ida's life.

Click here for her full story.

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