Ida Wells-Barnett

Ida Wells-Barnett crusaded aggressively for civil rights her entire life and was unafraid to exercise those rights when custom ran contrary to the law. Involved in many civil rights causes, she played leadership roles in the women’s suffrage movement and in the founding of the NAACP. Ida Wells-Barnett became the era’s most outspoken crusader for ending the practice of lynching African-Americans.

Social issues Ida Wells-Barnett addressed:

  • Civil rights
  • Voting rights for women
  • Peace and justice

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Civil Rights – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, the workplace and by facilities that serve the general public. Even though we have made progress, prejudice and racism are still with us. The need to protect the equal rights of all is as important as ever.
  • Voting Rights for Women - Sixty-three percent of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2012 presidential election. By comparison, 59.7 percent of their male counterparts reported voting. Source
  • Peace and Justice – Peace and justice is needed in many communities and countries around the world – kids have an innate ability to promote peace. Source