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Ida Bell Wells

​​Wells.jpgIda Bell Wells was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was an American investigative journalist, educator, and early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  Over the course of a lifetime, she was dedicated to combating prejudice and violence, and the fight for African-American equality, especially that of women, Wells became the most famous Black woman in America. While her work contains extensive documentation of lynchings—she was one of the first to do so—her work is notable for its real-time reporting on the prevalent incendiary propaganda about Black rape that was used to justify the practice. Wells was outspoken regarding her beliefs as a Black female activist and faced regular public disapproval, sometimes including from other leaders within the civil rights movement and the women's suffrage movement. She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. A skilled and persuasive speaker, Wells traveled nationally and internationally on lecture tours.    In 2020, Wells was posthumously honored with a Pulitzer Prize special citation "for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching." In 2022,  the famed Black journalist was immortalized by Barbie in the latest addition to Barbie's "Inspiring Women" series.