- NAME: Ida B. Wells
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: July 16, 1862
- DEATH DATE: March 25, 1931
- EDUCATION: Rust University, Fisk University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Holly Springs, Mississippi
- PLACE OF DEATH: Chicago, Illinois
- AKA: Ida B. Wells-Barnett
- Full Name: Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
- AKA: Ida Wells
- Maiden Name: Ida Bell Wells
- AKA: Ida B. Wells
- AKA: Ida Wells-Barnett
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Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.
Ida B. Wells - Early Life (1:21)
Ida B. Wells biographer Mia Bay describes Wells as a "natural-born feminist" who inspired other women to become activists, support the suffrage movement and influence change in the country.
Although Ida B. Wells worried she didn't have enough education, she began to write and eventually became the most prominent female black journalist of her time, earning the nickname "Iola, Princess of the Press."
Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862, Ida B. Wells was orphaned as a child and became a teacher at the age of 16 to take care of her five brothers and sisters.
On May 4, 1884, 71 years before Rosa Parks inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott, civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells refused to give up her seat on a train, fueling her impassioned fight for equal rights.
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