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Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells Biography

Civil Rights Leader


ABOUT
Civil rights leader, journalist, newspaper editor, and women's right activist who documented groups lynching blacks in the United States.
BEFORE FAME
Her parents were slaves until the Emancipation Proclamation was issued around the time of her first birthday.

FAMILY LIFE
She was the child of James And Elizabeth Wells, and was married to Ferdinand L. Barnett.
ASSOCIATED WITH
Together with Frederick Douglass and other black leaders, she organized a black boycott of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, for its failure to collaborate with the black community on exhibits representing African-American life.
TRIVIA
She refused to give up her seat while riding the Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern Railroad and was thrown off the train for it 71 years before the activist Rosa Parks showed similar resistance on a bus.

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