Who was Ida B. Wells?
an anti-lynching crusader
a woman's rights activist
a passionate crusader against racism
journalist and teacher who spoke out on racial issues
a civil rights pioneer and one of the founders of the NAACP
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs before the close of the Civil War. She was orphaned in 1878 at age 16 when her parents died, victims of the yellow fever epidemic. For more than 40 years, Ida B. Wells was one of the most fearless and respected women in the United States. Ida B. Wells was one of the most articulate women of her time. She received her education and early training at Shaw University (now Rust college).
She was a religious woman and read the Bible on a regular basis. She also read Shakespeare and loved classical music.
When Ida B. Wells left Holly Springs, she was armed with the values, dedication and drive that she received here.