s, to discrimination against using public transportation, and even the world of entertainment, an end to black slavery were among some of the reasons these people were ready to lose their lives for (Anderson, 2006).
One of these activists is Ida B. Wells, an African-American Journalist who was a newspaper editor and a suffragist. She was married to Ferdinand L. Barnett, who was an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was born in Holly Springs in Mississippi in 1862, almost the time Abraham Linchlon the then president issued the Emancipation Proclamation which saw both of her parents released from slavery. Wells attended school in Shaw University, and got expelled because of her rebellious behaviour, to the point of confronting the president of the college. When her parents died during the yellow fever epidemic of 1878 that swept the South, she was employed as a teacher in an elementary school where she was paid only $ 30 per month in comparison to fellow white teachers who earned $ 80 in a month. The disparity in the salary and evident discrimination angered Wells to the point of sparking more interest in politics.
When in Memphis, where she had relocated in 1883, Wells refused to give up her seat in a train to a white and move to the smoking car. In the previous year, the Supreme Court had revised the federal rights act of 1875 that banned racial discrimination in public places, although some railroads kept practicing the vice. She was dragged out of the coach by the conductor, and it was out of this harassment that she sued the railroad. She won the case in December 1884, and wrote an article, “The Living Way” in a newspaper about the treatment. Some of her notable acts of activism include an article she wrote in Free speech and headlight that urged blacks to leave Memphis, which led to about 6000 people leaving, while others organized boycotts (Fradin & Fradin, 2000). Quitting teaching, she begun investigative journalism and together with