Ida B. Wells: Journalist, civil rights leader, mother of four (and savvy data-user)


In collaboration with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, New Orleans, Louisiana 

More than 100 years ago, Ms. Wells used data to launch the anti-lynching movement. Her strategy was brilliant – learn what she did in this short article. 

Jan. 23, 2003 | From the post-civil war era to the middle of the 20th century, White lynch mobs terrorized African American communities across 44 states, with the Southern states bearing the brunt of this violence.  Although legislation to stop lynching was never fully enacted, the work of Ms. Ida B. Wells (1861-1930) and later the NAACP helped raise awareness about the scope of the terror and turned the tide of White public opinion against this injustice.  Ms. Wells wrote powerful narratives against lynching and supported her arguments with compelling statistics.

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