Ida B. Wells – Founding Member Of the NAACP

Ida B. Wells was a founder of multiple organizations, journalist, activist in support of civil rights. Ida has lead several campaigns including one to stop the lynching of African Americans.

While traveling to Memphis, a train conductor ordered Ida to leave her first class seat, that she had paid for, to go to another car reserved for blacks. Ida was forcibly removed from the train, and she decided to sue the railroad for being taken out of her seat. Ida won her case in the district court, but the Supreme Court of Tennessee overruled the case. This experience compelled her to become a civil rights activist.

In 1909, Ida B. Wells, became a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In addition, to being a founding member of the NAACP, Ida B. Wells was a founding member of the first black women’s suffrage group in the United States Of America. In 1913, she marched with black and white women to advocate for the right to women to vote.

In addition to her various other accomplishments, Ida became an anti-lunching advocate. While living and working in Memphis, three of her friends had been hanged. Ida wrote an article in the local paper condemning the lynching and a mob burned down her newspaper office while she was out of town. After the loss of her newspaper job, for speaking out, she moved out of Memphis.

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