Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell

Life Span
to
Full name
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Female
Race
Black
Origins
Slave State
No. of Siblings
7
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
4
Family
James Wells (father), Elizabeth Warrenton (mother), Ferdinand L. Barnett (husband),
Education
Other
Other Education
Rust College, MS
Occupation
Educator
Journalist
Relation to Slavery
Slave or Former Slave
Other Affiliations
Other
Other Affiliation
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (American National Bibliography)

Scholarship
In 1892 Wells found a focus for her militancy following a triple lynching in Memphis. After three young black men opened the People's Grocery, a white competitor's resentment triggered a chain of events that led to their murders. Earlier lynchings had angered her, but the deaths of three friends brought the evil close to her. She had believed lynchings happened to innocent people but not to respectable ones. Turning the full force of her powerful pen against lynching, Wells attacked the premise that lynching was a necessary deterrent to black rapists. In May she wrote a Free Speech editorial in which she suggested that many rape charges arose from the discovery of voluntary sexual liaisons of white women with black men. While Wells was away, angry whites closed the newspaper office and ran her partner out of Memphis.
Linda O. McMurry, "Wells-Barnett, Ida Bell," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-00924.html.
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