Black History Bulletin-Ida B Wells, Regular Size Pkg of 100
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931).
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34
Back: Wherever injustice against African-Americans was to be found, Ida B. Wells stood ready to fight-her pen as her sword. At an early age, Wells was influenced by her father's interest in politics and the advancement of Blacks. After her parents' death, she became a teacher at a Black elementary school. She was confronted by discrimination on many occasions, discovering White teachers made more than twice the wage she earned, and later being forcibly removed from a train car when she refused to give up her seat to a White man. She could not bear the injustice and began writing, becoming editor and owner of a newspaper. She began an anti-lynching campaign, and her investigative journalism and skilled, professional use of argument and evidence had an impact, both in the U.S. and Europe. She married Ferdinand Barnett, an attorney, editor and founder of Chicago's first Black newspaper, and together they raised a family. She also helped to form several Black organizations, including the NAACP-although she removed her name from membership due to disagreements over how the organization would be run. The last years of her life were spent in Chicago, working for urban reform.