Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African American sociologist, civil rights leader and a women’s rights leader active in the Woman Suffrage Movement.

“Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual, so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defence…..”.

“If this work can contribute in any way toward proving this, and at the same time arouse the conscience of the American people to a demand for justice to every citizen, and punishment by law for the lawless, I shall feel I have done my race a service.”

“Our country’s national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob…”.

“No nation, savage or civilized, save only the United States of America, has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging, shooting, and burning alleged offenders.”

“Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning, and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so…”.

(via Black History Month Open Thread – Jack & Jill Politics)

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