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Woman of Strength – IDA B. Wells

Monday, February 27th, 2012

As February and Black History Months concludes, LIB would like to take a moment and salute one of many, African American women who made  a difference, Ms. Ida B. Wells.  Ms. Wells, a civil rights pioneer, woman’s rights activists, anti-lynching crusader, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP. Ms. Wells wrote and exposed lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish blacks who competed with whites. She was active in the women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement. For more than 40 years, Ida B. Wells was one of the most fearless and respected women in the United States. Ida B. Wells was one of the most articulate women of her time, day, and season. Her writings often evoked passion, fury, and the need for change and justice for African Americans and women.  She was a religious woman and read the Bible on a regular basis. It was said that once after giving birth to her second child, Ms. Wells was often conflicted between balancing her family and career. Yet, Ms. Wells persisted and did what she could at that stage in her life.  Ida B. Wells was a woman of distinction, armed with the values, dedication, and drive for life, equal rights, and family.

Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~William James


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