You don't hear much about Miss Ida Bell Wells in the civil rights crowds. She preceeded Rosa Parks in her civil rights fight 71 years before. Read on...
Ida Bell Wells was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The eldest daughter of Lizzie and James Wells, she grew up in the then-racist Deep South, facing discrimination that was imposed through laws by the Democratic Party. Wells attended school until she was 16, when her family was plagued by yellow fever, killing her parents and forcing her to take care of her siblings. Eventually, she was able to continue her education and attended Fisk University.
Overall, Wells supported the Republicans and opposed the Democrats. Wells vehemently denounced Democrats as the party of sheer racism and had earlier in her life allied herself with prominent Republicans. Wells was an outspoken proponent of gun rights as a necessary measure for self-protection.
"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
“One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”
“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home.”
“Virtue knows no color line."
Wells, was a devout Christian, who condemned white supremacist phony "Christians" for the lynching of blacks as well as other churches that refused to do anything against the violence.
Wells was one of the original civil rights leaders of her time. She was a Journalist and a Republican who experienced first hand the hatred and racism from the democratic party.
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