The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation
Established in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois by five of her grandchildren, the Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation seeks to preserve and promote Wells' legacy of dedication to the principles of superior journalism, social justice, education, equality and integrity. The need to support and encourage such dedication is as strong today as it was in her lifetime. Ida B. Wells' wisdom, tenacity, and commitment serve as an example to inspire and rekindle the spirit of activism needed to address current social, political, and economic inequalities.
Ida B. Wells Scholarship
On an annual basis, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to three outstanding students who attend Ida B. Wells’ alma mater, Rust College, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The Foundation is committed to providing assistance to students who excel in education and show leadership qualities at this historically black college. The first scholarships were given in 2009.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum
The Foundation provides support to the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum in her hometown Holly Springs, Mississippi. In addition to preserving Wells’ history, the Museum hosts an annual celebration which takes place on the weekend close to her July 16th birthday.
The Foundation AddressIda B. Wells Memorial FoundationP.O. Box 19579Chicago, IL 60619-0579773-734-2186
Contributions are appreciated and are deductible to the extend allowed by the law.