Ida Bell Wells, more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an abolitionist who led an anti-lynching (against forcible death sentences to slaves) for blacks. She was also a feminist, so she stood up for female rights as well. She had a big impact that changed america a for the better. Her beliefs inspired many people. Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Ida’s parents were James and Lizzie Wells, and her siblings are Stanley, Eugenia, Annie, George, Jim, Lily, and Eddie Wells. Ida went to school at Shaw University, which her dad helped make for newly freed slaves. But she had to dropout of school when she was 16 because of a yellow fever outbreak that killed both of her parents and 1 of her siblings. When Ida was 22, she bought a first class ticket on a train, but the train employee’s told her to either get off the train, or go to the car for African Americans. This was a major turning point for Ida, and probably one of the major reason why she aspired to help out other African Americans.
Her hardships were definitely when she was 16 and 22. Ida was married to Ferdinand Barnett (which was on June 27th 1895) and their kids were Alfreda, Ida B.(not the adult), Herman Kohlsaat, and Charles Burnett. When she was married, she was in Springfield, Illinois. Ida created an associations called the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and she’s also a journalist. She started the associations for all the attacks on the African American Community. All Ida’s efforts were funded by Frederick Douglass and Ferdinand Barnett. Ida made herself an important figure by all of her protests about anti-lynching and the programs she started.
Ida’s determination and impact helped a lot of people and probably stopped lynching or made it uncommon. In fact, a quote of Ida’s is “one had better die fighting against injustice then to die like a dog or a rat in a trap”. It’s why Ida is so important to her society. Ida’s protests probably changed some white people’s point of view and that could have saved the lives of many black people.
Sadly, Ida died on March 25, 1931 because of Uremia. (kidney failure) In short, I believe that Ida B. Wells is a very awesome person! She fought for what she thought was right and a lot of people helped, even famous people. This proves that determination and courage always help if you keep on pulling through. She was interesting to study because she is so awesome! She had such a powerful influence on other people! She changed the lives of so many people!