Moonstone Arts Center Presents
Ida B. Wells, Lynching & Trayvon Martin
Ida B. Wells
An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, Ida B. Wells used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States. Ida B. Wells-Barnett was one of the most important and well known leaders of the African American struggle at the turn of the twentieth century but is almost unknown today. Why is that?
“One had better die fighting injustice than like a rat in a trap.” – Ida B. Wells
Between 1882 and 1968, 4,743 persons died of lynching, the majority of them black men and women. Most of the lynchings were by hanging or shooting, however, many were of a more hideous nature: burning at the stake, maiming, dismemberment, castration, and other brutal methods of torture. In the last decades of the 19th century, the lynching of Black people became an institutionalized method used by whites to terrorize Blacks and maintain white supremacy. Today lynching continues, Trayvon Martin being a glaring example of individual violence against an African American.
Trayvon Martin was an unarmed, 16-year-old who was killed by a neighborhood watch member as he walked to his father’s home in a gated community. The case has gained national attention, as George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting and killing him, was not initially arrested or charged. After nearly 6 weeks and considerable public outcry, prosecutors charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the case, which has become a flashpoint in the conversations about racial profiling and gun laws. Was this a lynching?
January 22 to February 3, 2013
City Wide Program
Commemorating Ida B. Wells 150th Birthday
Brought to you by a partnership of organizations, organized by Moonstone
Who was Ida B. Wells?
Of all the Great civil rights leaders, Ida B. Wells is one of the least known – yet one of the most important. An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, Ida B. Wells used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States. She helped found the NAACP, fought for women’s voting rights and waged a campaign against lynching that exposed the use of mob violence to terrorize African-Americans. Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, six months before the Proclamation Emancipation in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
“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 defense. ”
“I had an instinctive feeling that the people who have little or no school training should have something coming into their homes weekly which dealt with their problems in a simple, helpful way… so I wrote in a plain, common-sense way on the things that concerned our people.”
“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. ”
Click HERE for a full list of presenters.
Lynch Law by Ida B. Wells click HERE for full text
Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth be Told, Walter Dean Meyers, ages 8/9, Harper, $16.99
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Dennis Fradin, ages 12/14, Clarion, 19.00
Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal N. Feimster, Harvard, $19.95
On Lynching, Ida B. Wells, introduction Patricia Hill Collins, Prometheus Books, 19.98
To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells by Mia Bay, Hill & Wang, $18.00
Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, Paula Giddings, Harper, $19.99
Full schedule can be found HERE.