Ida B. Wells

b. 16 Jul 1862, Holly Springs, MS .... d. 25 Mar 1931, Chicago, IL

Journalist; educator; civil rights crusader; suffragist; co-founder of the NAACP

Muckraking journalist Ida B. Wells is legendary for her passionate pursuit of truth and justice—documenting the horrors of lynching in hundreds of carefully researched and courageously reported articles, at a time when such critical voices were rare in American journalism. Born into slavery, Wells lost her parents as a teenager, and supported her family by teaching school. While a student at Fisk University, she took to journalism as a vehicle for expressing radical opinions about women’s rights and racial injustice. Throughout her career, Wells viewed her writing as a tool for social change, publishing articles for her own anti-segregationist paper in Memphis, in self-published pamphlets, and in other newspapers. Threats of censure and physical harm, even the destruction of her office by fire, did not deter Wells from her sense of mission. Progressive journalists and media justice activists continue to be inspired by her fearless, insistent advocacy for justice.

See also:

Wikipedia biography
Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All its Phases

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey