The Citizenship Project

Ida B. Wells | The Early Black Press | NPT

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Ida B. Wells was born a slave in 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She came of age during Reconstruction, was educated and became a school teacher in Memphis, Tennessee. While teaching, Wells began writing under a pen name for literary and religious publications. By age 27, she made headlines herself -- suing a railroad company for discriminatory seating.

Aired: 04/18/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

NPT’s The Citizenship Project is made possible by the support of Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the First Tennessee Foundation.