Ida B. Wells was a journalist who bravely stepped forward to shine light on the lynching crimes during Reconstruction. The turning point in her career occurred when she bit a train conductor who attempted to forcibly removed her from a train car because she was Black. Ida immediately filed suit against the rail company and one, but the judgment was overturned. Heartbroken and furious, she began writing under the name Iola for a Black newspaper she co-founded called The Free Speech and Headlight. She also helped co-found the National Association of Colored Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Click here to learn more about Ida B. Wells’s activism, including the legal brief from her lawsuit against the Chesapeake, Ohio, and Southwestern Rail Company.