Crusade for justice : the autobiography of Ida B. Wells by Ida B. Wells, Alfreda M. Duster

By Ida B. Wells, Alfreda M. Duster

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was once one of many best crusaders opposed to black oppression. This attractive memoir tells of her deepest existence as mom of a growing to be family members in addition to her public actions as instructor, lecturer, and journalist in her struggle opposed to attitudes and legislation oppressing blacks.

"No scholar of black heritage should still fail to remember Crusade for Justice."—William M. Tuttle, Jr., Journal of yankee History

"Besides being the tale of an exceptionally brave and outspoken black lady within the face of innumerable odds, the booklet is a worthy contribution to the social background of the USA and to the literature of the women's flow as well."—Elizabeth Kolmer, American Quarterly

"[Wells used to be] a worldly fighter whose prose used to be as if as her intellect."—Walter Goodman, New York Times

"An illuminating narrative of a zealous, race-conscious, civic- and church-minded black girl reformer, whose lifestyles tale is an important bankruptcy within the historical past of Negro-White relations."—Thelma D. Perry, Negro historical past Bulletin

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On Monday morning she was incoherent 17 This is now Dr. , Drive. [xxx] Introduction and obviously very ill. After a hurried family conference, she was rushed to the Dailey Hospital where Dr. U. G. Dailey and a group of consulting physicians attempted to save her life. Uremic poisoning had progressed too far, and without regaining consciousness, she died on Wednesday, 25 March 193 I, the birthday of her eldest son, Charles. In tribute to her memory, the Chicago Defender described the woman Chicago had known as "Elegant, striking, always well groomed ...

However, in 1930 Ida B. Wells-Barnett became a candidate for state senator, running as an independent against Warren B. Douglas, who was supported by the Deneen faction, and Adelbert H. Roberts, who was supported by the regular Republican organization. She came in a poor third. " Again disappointed, but undaunted, she wrote in her diary: Have been unable to have a conference with my backers, so we may profit by lessons of the campaign.... Am issuing cards for Tea Sunday 5 - 25 [1930] which is also a letter of thanks to those who helped....

One day I had a caller who said he was passing through Memphis and could not resist the opportunity to look up "the brilliant lola" whose writings he had read in various papers. He was Rev. William J. Simmons, D. , who was traveling for the American Baptist Home Missionary Society. He was the head of their work among the colored people, and was also president of the state university of Louisville, Kentucky, organizer and president of the National Baptist Convention, and editor of the Negro Press Association.

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