Journalist Ida Wells-Barnett refused to give up her train seat for a white man in 1884, and bit a conductor on the hand when he tried to force her. She was kicked off the train. Woah–she was a fighter! She later sued the railroad and initially won, however the decision was overturned.
Wells eventually became a co-owner and editor of a black newspaper called The Free Speech and Headlight. She wrote editorials and used the pseudonym “Iola.” She reported about violence against blacks, disfranchisement, poor schools and the failure of black people to fight for their rights. She was an advocate and one courageous lady. Kudos to Ida!
Her story is truly inspiring read the full story here.
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