Ida B Wells
Feminist Pin Badge
Depicting Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862 – 1931) American investigative journalist, educator, & an early leader in the civil rights movement.
Each brooch is hand cut from shrink plastic so they can vary in size slightly, but are approximately 6 cm in height. They are coated with a clear acrylic spray coat to protect the finish and have a double pin style fixing with metal clutches on the reverse.
Your pin bagde will come attached to a printed card, wrapped in a little bubble wrap and tissue, and posted in a small cardboard postal box.
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (1862 – 1931) American investigative journalist, educator, & an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Born into slavery in Mississippi, Wells was freed by the Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War. She later moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked as a teacher & went on to co-own & write for the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper. Her reporting covered incidents of racial segregation and inequality.
In the 1890s, Wells documented lynching in the US through her indictment called "Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases" which exposed lynching as a barbaric practice of whites in the South used to intimidate & oppress African Americans. A white mob destroyed her newspaper office & presses as her investigative reporting was carried nationally in black-owned newspapers. Subjected to continued threats, Wells left Memphis for Chicago. She married & had a family while continuing her work writing, speaking, and organising for civil rights & the women's movement for the rest of her life.
Wells was outspoken regarding her beliefs as a Black female activist & faced regular disapproval, from both the public & her fellow activists. At the age of 24, she wrote, "I will not begin at this late day by doing what my soul abhors; sugaring men, weak deceitful creatures, with flattery to retain them as escorts or to gratify a revenge." She was active in women's rights & the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organisations. A skilled & persuasive speaker, Wells traveled nationally & internationally on lecture tours.
In 2020, Wells was posthumously honoured with a Pulitzer Prize special citation "[f]or her outstanding & courageous reporting on the horrific & vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching."