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In honor of Black History Month, we reflect on the lasting impact that activist and journalist Ida B. Wells had on the women’s suffrage movement and the anti-lynching movement.


Ida was born into slavery in 1862 in Mississippi. With the end of the Civil War in 1865, slavery was abolished, and the Reconstruction Era began. She was influenced by her parents, who became activists during this time.


When Ida was 16, her parents and baby brother died from yellow fever, and she was left to raise her younger siblings. She supported the family through her work as a teacher, although she was fired from her teaching position when she spoke out against segregation. She moved to Memphis in 1881.