Black History Month Profile: Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was a member of the 1909 “Committee of 40” that went on to establish the groundwork for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Prior to that, in the 1890s, Wells-Barnett served as editor and co-owner of the black newspaper The Free Speech and Headlight in Memphis, Tenn. Writing under the pen name “Iola,” Wells-Barnett attacked the evils of lynching.

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