"Ida Wells Barnett...began writing because conditions in the black community of Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1880s needed a strong voice of protest."
Wade-Gayles, Gloria. “Black Women Journalists in the South, 1880-1905: An Approach to the Study of Black Women's History.” Callaloo, no. 11/13, 1981, pp. 138–152. www.jstor.org/stable/3043847.
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Ida B. Wells-Barnett Journalist, Lecturer, Civil Rights activist, Anti-Lynching crusader, Feminist
In the 21st century a woman writing a reveling work on injustices is not unusual. However, in 1895 a black female former slave wrote the pamphlet entitled A Red Record that brought the horrors of lynching to the nation's attention. That writer was Ida B. Wells-Barnett."That work refuted the myth that by killing African-American men, white men intended to shield white women against rape." "Lecturing in Great Britain in 1893 and 1894, Wells-Barnett internationalized her anti-lynching campaign." Reference Library of Black America, Page 412-413. Available in Ryan Library's reference section
Because of her fight for justice, Wells-Barnett's image was place on a U. S. postage stamp.
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Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice 54 minute award-winning biographical film
Lynching 1:20 long clip. (Contains graphic images)
What is lynching? From PBS web site "American Experience."