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Suffragist Ida B. Wells-Barnett's Birthday

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The League of Women Voters honors the memory of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, American investigative journalist, suffragist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement on her birthday July 16.

Born in 1862, she wrote, spoke, and organized for civil rights and the women's suffrage movement. She was one of the founders of the NAACP. She worked to combat prejudice and violence. The 2004 film "Iron Jawed Angels" dramatizes the moment during the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 when Wells ignored instructions to march with the segregated parade units and crossed the lines to march with the other members of her Illinois chapter.

Learn more about Ida B. Wells-Barnett's accomplishments on the U.S. Library of Congress website:
  Library of Congress website

Read the League of Women Voters' article "Black Women Who Define(d) The Voting Rights Movement"   LWV website
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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