By Allie Cobb

Ida B Wells was born on July, 16, 1862 in Holly springs, Mississippi. Her parents were James and Elizabeth Wells. They were African American slaves. Ida was known for her anti-lynching crusade in the 1890’s. Ida then went on and founded integral groups striving for African American justice. At 16 Ida’s, parents and youngest sibling passed away from yellow fever. Ida became the caregiver for her 5 younger siblings at the young age of 16. She then graduated and became a teacher while still caring for her 5 siblings.

Ida was an editor for the the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, later renamed Free Speech. Ida wrote articles about African American rights and anti-lynching which made her most prominent from 1892 to 1896 writing articles such as “The Awful Slaughter” and “Southern Horrors: Lynching Law In All Its Phases”.

Ida continued to teach and writing articles during her free time and traveling during the summer. She later retired and started an autobiography in 1928. Ida then died March, 25, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. She never finished her autobiography before dying.

Ida was an important writer because she spoke her mind. Even when she was threatened, it didn’t stop her in continuing her passion. She was a inspiration not only because she voiced her opinion, But she also raised 5 kids at the young age of 16. When she was prominent in the journalism community, it didn’t matter that she was African American or that her parents were slaves. She didn’t care about anyone else’s opinions she voiced hers no matter what the outcome.

Ida was a inspiration to many African American women who wanted to be a journalist and she inspired many.