Friday, February 19, 2010

In History: Ida B. Wells

This is the 13th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

 

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 1862-March 1931) really lived a life. She was a teacher, and a journalist, most known for her work on documenting lynchings, and she was active in the civil rights and women's rights movements. Her parents were slaves, freed at the end of the Civil War. She wrote books, and books have been written about her. Wells' life and her work are fascinating. If you don't know much about her, take a couple minutes and read up. I'd suggest going here, here and here to start.

"Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture 
and murder a single individual, 
so gagged and bound he cannot make 
even feeble resistance or defense.
-- Ida B. Wells

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