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.