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1. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells’ journalistic work changed the landscape for women and people of color during the suffrage and civil right movements. Her ferocity, talent and outspokenness made her one of the most pivotal figures of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite constant threats against her humanity, nevertheless she persisted she proved one woman can make a difference. Today, we celebrate her birthday by remembering some of her greatest quotes.

2. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

“I’d rather go down in history as one lone Negro who dared to tell the government that it had done a dastardly thing than to save my skin by taking back what I said.”

3. Journalist And Suffragist Ida Wells Barnett

Journalist And Suffragist Ida Wells Barnett

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

4. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

“One had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap”

5. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

“There can be no possible belief that these people were inspired by any consuming zeal to vindicate God’s law against miscegenationists of the most practical sort. The woman was a willing partner in the victim’s guilt, and being of the “superior” race must naturally have been more guilty.”

6. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

“No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders.”

7. Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells

“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”