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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Women's Rights of the Past and the Future

On this day in 1862 Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born.  Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist and speaker.  We will highlight her journalistic and speaking journey.  She got her journalist start by writing about her railroad experience when she was forcefully moved from a railroad car.  Papers geared to African Americans and Christians were eager to read her writings.  In Chicago, she helped develop numerous African American and reform organizations.  She was one of two African American women to sign "the call" to form the NAACP in 1909.  She died in 1931 and was known as a radical who dedicated her life to crusading for justice.

Fast-forward to today, the blog For Harriet exemplifies some of the same missions that Ida B. Wells-Barnett set out to achieve.  For Harriet's blog is for Black women aged 25-65.  The purpose is to provide new, diverse perspectives on what it means to be a Black woman in the 21st century.  Their mission is to inspire, educate and entertain their readers.  The blog publishes articles that allows the Black woman to see herself in a positive light and embrace who she is despite the challenges she faces.  The postings are educational, informative and a step in the right direction for shinning a positive light on Black women, Ida B. Wells-Barnett would be proud.

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