Memphis to honor journalist and activist Ida B. Wells – FOX13 News Memphis


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The legacy of pioneering journalist and activist Ida B. Wells is honored in Memphis in a monumental way.

“We are in the midst of a revolution. Cultural, political and economic revolution, ”said LaSimba M. Gray Jr., Memphis Memorial Committee.

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Wells’ legacy of fearlessness, heroism and strength will be remembered forever in the heart of downtown Memphis.

“She was an educator, she was a social worker, she even started programs in Chicago for people coming from the cotton fields to the mill,” Gray said.

Wells was an investigative journalist who lived from 1862 to 1931. She was best known for leading an anti-lynching crusade in America in the late 1800s.

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“Her journal was in this basement church, where she ran her journal Free Speech and Headlines,” Gray said.

To honor Wells’ many contributions, the Memphis Memorial Committee will unveil a statue of Wells on the corner of Fourth and Beale on his birthday Friday morning.

“Ida B. Wells remains a symbol of mistrust. A symbol of struggle and victory, ”said Gray.

The Memphis Memorial Committee holds events all week through Friday to celebrate Wells. here is full schedule.

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