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Born into slavery, Ida B. Wells became an important leader for Black and women’s rights. An early pioneer of investigative journalism, she believed that “the way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth on them.” Most famous for her anti-lynching campaign, she was exiled from the South and her newspaper destroyed after an incendiary editorial. Moving to Brooklyn and then Chicago, she continued writing, speaking, and organizing
in support of Black rights and women’s suffrage. A powerful speaker, she had successful tours throughout the northern United States and England. Along the way, she founded many organizations, including the NAACP, although she was frequently sidelined by more conservative men or white women, because of her race, sex, lack of advanced education, and most importantly because of her outspokenness about the wrongs of society. Recommended readings will be provided as PDFs or web links.

Ida B. Wells – Shining a Light of Truth (Brooksby Village)
Bill Saunders, OLLI Member
2 Mondays, 1:30pm - 3:30pm (10/28, 11/4)
Classes will be held in-person at Brooksby Village in Peabody.

Affiliated With:

University College