Ida B. Wells-Barnett
Suffragette and Social Activist
African American Trailblazers
Reading Level: 9
Interest Level: 9-12
Ida B. Wells-Barnett began her career at sixteen as a teacher and went on to become a lecturer, investigative journalist, and advocate for social justice. As the first journalist to research and document lynching, she battled racial injustice through her writing and public speaking. She was also a women's rights activist who helped organize women's clubs to work toward suffrage and urban reform. Through historical photographs, educational sidebars, and compelling writing, this biography discusses Wells-Barnett's most significant works and her contributions to civil rights and women's suffrage, along with the major events in her life that shaped her work.