“If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.”
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931)
In continuation of celebrating Women’s History Month, today I’d like to honor Ms. Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Wells worked tirelessly against the overwhelming prejudice against Black people and helped establish the organization that eventually grew into the NAACP. At one point, she left the country to avoid being killed and worked to gain supporters in England. She also worked to promote the rights of women, providing a fantastic example of how feminism and anti-racism can work hand in hand to eradicate injustices.
“What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party.”