Ida B. Wells. July 16 , 1862- March 25, 1931 - She was a reformer for Racial Equality, mainly for blacks. Born in Mississippi, Ida was born months before the Emancipation Proclamation to a carpenter and a cook.
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While Ida was teaching, she noticed the difference of pay between white teachers and black teachers, ($30 compared to $80) fueling her opposition of racial issues.
Ida occupied Memphis and became familiar with a literary society that wrote essays on subjects that interested them. She became a prominent member and soon took over the newspaper, shortening it to Free Speech.
She was threatened many times for her life because of the things she wrote in Free Speech and was hated my many people against equal rights, and to protect herself wrote under the name Iola after she left Chicago for the article of her dead friends lynching.