Ida B. Wells-Barnett is one of America’s most ardent Civil Rights activists. A staunch supporter of the rights of African Americans and Women, she co-founded the National Associated for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a journalist and non-fiction writer, she was adept and accomplished author, reaching across schisms to light some of the darkest moments of our collective American history. Her voice gave support to the suffrage movement, anti-lynching exposure and a continual push for legislation, and the elevation of equal rights for all, especially those of African Americans in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While at speaking engagements, she advertised with one of her most famous, and apt, quotes. She said:
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
Though I could write for days about her, her power, her legacy, and her fearlessness, I just wanted to share one quote from her. In the wake of such unrest and unease lately, the words of our past is sometimes the best reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go.