Ida B. Wells: Civil Rights Activist

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Ida B. Wells was an incredible civil rights activist who was strong and courageous. She is mostly known for her activism towards an anti-lynching crusade and her publications regarding civil rights issues. Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Wells was a slave for the first six months of her life, until the Emancipation Proclamation freed her and her family. Ida B. Wells eventually moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she became a journalist and publisher after a civil rights incident on a train sparked her interest in reporting “race and politics in the South.” After refusing to move to the African American train car, “she was forcibly removed from the train.” Eight years after, three African-American men in Memphis were lynched, and
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