Presentation on theme: "Ida B. Wells By: Thai Daniels. “ Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist,an editor of The Speech and Headlight newspaper, and activist who led."— Presentation transcript:
“ Ida B. Wells was an African American journalist,an editor of The Speech and Headlight newspaper, and activist who led an anti-lynching movement in the U.S in the 1890’s. Wells was also an advocate for women’s rights, speaker, and suffragist. She believed that blacks and women were the targets of injustice and therefore, in order to fix things, people had to exposed those who are doing wrong and find ways to correct them. “If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.” -Ida. B Wells
Contributions to the U.S She once had an incident on a railroad car, in which she was told to move to a segregated car. Ida refused and had to be forcibly removed from the car because she would not go to the blacks only section. Ida filed a lawsuit against the railroad which she won, but was later overturned. From there, Ida sought out to fight against injustices towards African Americans and women. Her editorials protesting against lynching led to boycotts of white owned businesses, threats upon her life, and the destruction of her newspaper. Nevertheless, her writings and activism greatly influenced social and racial tensions within the U.S. Wells became one of the founders of the NAACP, which is an organization that still exists today, and although she was unable to get Congress to pass anti-lynching laws during her time, her message still had a major impact on the country, and became a driving force for the Civil Rights Movement later to come in the 20 th century. “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” -Ida B. Wells
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