(2018). An oil painting on canvas of Ida B. Wells Barnett (1862-1931), an early leader of the civil rights movement and one of the founders of the NAACP. Wells Barnett began her career as an investigative journalist, penning articles for the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper, which she owned. In the 1890s, she documented lynching in the United States, publishing her findings in articles and through her pamphlet, Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in all its Phases. She faced such backlash from whites that she was forced to leave Memphis, never to return. Her campaign against racism and racist practices extended to the suffrage movement. The advocacy of white suffragists frequently excluded people of color; Wells Barnett adamantly pushed the issue of universal enfranchisement, speaking against the racist beliefs of some suffragists and organizing her own branch of the movement to promote voting rights for all women, regardless of race.
Framed, measuring 32 by 25 1/2 inches. Item #31133