On July 16, 1862, educator and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Ida B. Wells played a key role in the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Over the course of her life, she focused her effort on political and social activism. This included forming several influential black institutions and organizations that still preside today. In 1896, Wells founded the National Association of Colored Women’s Club (NACWC). Not too long after, she formed the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago in 1913. In addition to her presence in black activist groups and societies, Wells also devoted her time to anti-lynching causes.
She died on March 25, 1931.