11 Responses to “Ida B. Wells”

  1. Khadijah Moon

    This is so freaking dope. So wonderfully, incredibly, amazingly dope. Thanks for this. Very talented artist you are, and very brilliant thinker.

  2. Heidi

    Thank you for sharing this!!! I was going to ask if you would you happen to be open to removing curse words for this to be shared with my children…but then realized how crazy that request would be. If my children are old enough to hear these details, then they are old enough to handle cursing. Oh me.

  3. Susan

    My dad is a big Ida B Wells fan, so I’ve heard a lot about her! One point my dad made, which I love, is that her implications that white women were not being raped and kidnapped by black men, was that white women might be CHOOSING to have relationships with black men. Which meant that you know, women might have some kind of agency in their own sexuality. GASP.

  4. zgujral

    A phenomenal woman, we’d be lucky to see another like her in our life times. She’s one of those key people in history that everyone else forgets about, and she deserves so much, much better. Thank you for including her.

  5. CatchingFear

    The research you put into these is amazing- fast becoming my favourite blog!

  6. WishMage

    I saw this on google, remembered reading about her and came here to link as well lol.

  7. K. Pandapatan

    I read more about her after reading this. Not surprisingly, since she was fighting for change, a lot of people went against her. They even got creative with their insults. (See here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/10/AR2008041003101.html)

    She’s going against persecution, death, mobs, and the injustices in her society. It takes a lot of courage and grit to fight for that day in and day out. Many heroes are unsung, thank you for sharing her story.

  8. PosterGirl

    Today is Election Day, and a lot of my friends are wearing white in honor of the suffragettes. I…couldn’t, especially after reading more about how once the suffragette movement started to take off, the once integrated group started to split. I tell my white friends that they don’t have to feel guilty for wearing white or red for Susan B Anthony, just understand that I’ll be wearing yellow instead (one of the original suffragette colors, and the one you’ve chosen here).

  9. ALE

    The Illinois suffrage delegation attended the 1913 March on Washington. It was an integrated suffrage delegation, but the organizers asked both Ida and Mary Church Tyrell to walk in the back so as not to endanger suffrage by isolating the southern senators hostile towards black women in the movement (or any black people, for that matter). Mary relented; Ida walked off the parade line and went to stand in the observing crowd. When her delegation passed her spot in the crowd, she stepped out and linked arms between two of her white suffrage sisters. She is credited with integrating the suffrage movement at that moment.

    She also went on to work in multiple black social justice areas in Chicago, from bringing kindergartens into the neighbourhoods to working against homelessness and poverty. This woman was a badass of the highest degree and didn’t take shit from anybody for any reason.