Ida B. Wells-Barnett fought to make black lives matter
On her birthday, here is a salute to Ida B. Wells, the muckraking journalist and activist who rose up out of enslavement to become this nation’s most powerful voice in the battle against lynching in America. Of all the women who are the foremothers of modern day activists using media to fight systemic racism—like the women who founded Black Lives Matter—Ida B. Wells tops my list.