On a September day in 1883, 21-year-old Ida B. Wells was on a train from Memphis to her teaching job in Shelby County, Tennessee. Aboard the ladies’ car, Ida read her newspaper. When the conductor began collecting tickets, he told Ida that the car she was in was for white ladies only. After she refused, the conductor and another train employee removed Ida by force as white passengers cheered them on. But for Ida B. Wells, the fight didn’t stop there. If anything, that moment was just the beginning of a life devoted to the fight for justice. Read more
Life and Family
Lead support for Ida B. Wells, A Chicago Stories Special is provided by The Negaunee Foundation.
The Negaunee Foundation
Additional support is provided by Jim and Kay Mabie; Strategic Growth and Transformation Partners, LLC; Gwen Cohen; Pangea Properties; The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; TAWANI Property Management; Elizabeth B. Yntema; and the Scott and Sara Fisher Family.