—  Writers, Poets, & Journalists, Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells devoted her life to educating people about the horrors of discrimination against African-Americans and women. Her first job was as a teacher, but she became a journalist when she started to write about her experiences of suing a railroad company for discrimination. Much of her journalism career centered on the anti-lynching crusade and voting rights for women. She was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and she founded the first suffrage club for African-American women.


"The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press."-Ida B. Wells

Source: United States Postal Service Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Ida B. Wells stamp (Feb 1, 1990)