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On July 16, 2019

Bell Ringer: Ida B. Wells Anti-Lynching Campaign

Ida B. Wells Campaign Against Lynching

Gwen Harmon, director of governmental and community affairs at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, discussed Ida B. Wells efforts to publicize lynchings in the early 20th century.


Ida B. Wells, born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, was a crusader against lynching and segregation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After moving to Tennessee, Wells became a teacher, journalist, activist, and public speaker. She was eventually driven out by mob violence and forced north to Chicago, Illinois, where she campaigned for urban reform until her death in 1931.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What were African-American organizations in the early 20th century fighting for?
  • What are lynchings? What did Ida B. Wells do to publicize these events?
  • Why did Ida B. Wells become interested in publicizing lynchings?
  • What allegations were used against African-American men in this era?

Additional Resources



    • Atrocity
    • Civil Rights
    • Ku Klux Klan
    • Lynch
    • Lynching
    • N A A C P
    • Red Record
    • W. E. B. Dubois


    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesCriminal Law & JusticeState HistoryU.S. History


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