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Historic Ida B. Wells Quotes Battling Racism and Sexism

As an era-defining black female journalist, Ida B. Wells faced racism, sexism, bigotry, and succeeded to tell the tale of it all. Below are dozens of Ida B. Wells quotes from her many reports and books. 

What do you know about Ida B. Wells?

In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born into slavery, being freed by the Emancipation Proclamation just a year after her birth. Wells became more well-known after writing an article for a local newspaper about her highly publicized court case, where she was discriminated against by a white train conductor.

Wells’ most famous work, entitled Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases, exposes the truth of America’s horrific history of lynching. Her work challenges racial and gender stereotypes and remained married to the truth, no matter how ugly it was. 

Take a look at this collection of revealing, thought-provoking quotes from Ida B. Wells below. 

Don’t forget to also read these Rosa Parks quotes honoring civil rights.

Ida B. Wells quotes about her life

1. “I came home every Friday afternoon, riding the six miles on the back of a big mule. I spent Saturday and Sunday washing and ironing and cooking for the children and went back to my country school on Sunday afternoon.” – Ida B. Wells

2. “I honestly believe I am the only woman in the United States who ever traveled throughout the country with a nursing baby to make political speeches.” – Ida B. Wells

3. “It is extremely rough to follow through with my goals, but I felt a responsibility to show the world what the African Americans are facing through this rough patch.” – Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells quotes about American society

4. “In fact, for all kinds of offenses – and, for no offenses – from murders to misdemeanors, men and women are put

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