Today is the birthday of journalist and activist Ida B. Wells. Born in 1862, Wells’ first victory against discrimination came when she successfully sued the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad for forcibly removing her from coach to the colored car. After three of her friends were lynched in 1892, she wrote an expose her newspaper, about the incident and urged the black population to leave Memphis. 

“Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so."

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