IDA B. WELLS #100travelHERS
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Birth: July 16, 1862; Holly Springs, Mississippi
Death: March 25, 1931; Chicago, Illinois
Occupation: Activist, teacher, writer, editor
Notable journeys: Traveled to Great Britain in 1893 to give lectures on lynching in the United States, but made so little money she almost couldn’t pay for her trip home. Returned in 1894 and more successfully raised funds to combat lynching. Also became the first African American woman to be paid by a “mainstream” newspaper (Chicago’s Daily Inter-Ocean) as a foreign correspondent during the second tour.
Notable work: Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases; The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Causes of Lynching in the United States
Quote: “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”