Ida B. Wells
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Civil rights advocate, fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women's rights advocate, journalist and speaker. Wells became a public figure in Memphis in 1884 when she led a campaign against segregation on the local railway. She was asked by the conductor to give up her seat on the train to a white man and ordered into the smoking or "Jim Crow" car. Wells refused to give up her seat and the conductor, assisted by two other men, dragged her out of the car. She hired an attorney and sued the railroad company. In 1910, she helped to form the NAACP and founded the Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago.