Ida B. Wells Barnett Essay

1231 Words Sep 27th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout history, there have been many prominent people worth mentioning. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, who is a civil rights and woman’s activist and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, empowered not only the past but today’s society. She stands as one of our nation’s most unbending and strong leaders and who is a devoted defender of democracy. (Baker 1996) Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on July 16, 1862, and was the oldest daughter of slaves, James and Lizzie Wells. Eventually, during the Civil War, her mom was a famous cook and her father was a skilled carpenter.
At the age of fourteen, Wells-Barnett’s family was killed when a wide-spread of the Yellow Fever came through her hometown. After that tragic situation, responsibility came upon her because she kept a teaching job to keep her family together. Rust College was where she attended and continued her education. According to the editors of, “she was a journalist, Wells led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s, and went on to found and become integral in groups striving for African-American justice.” ( Editors, 2014)
Six months after Ida 's birth, The Emancipation Proclamation granted her family and many other slaves in the confederate states, were granted freedom by the Union. Meanwhile, living in the heart of Mississippi she and her family had to go through racial prejudices and discrimination. During the period of Reconstruction, her parents’ were highly active…

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