Ida B. Wells: Suffragist and Anti-Lynching Activist

Suffragette, investigative journalist, and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells is the focus of a lesson that has young historians study the work of this amazing woman. Scholars watch a video biography of Wells, read the text of her speech about lynchings, and examine an NPR article about the continued debate about lynching legislation.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson by having class members read the lyrics as they listen to Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is ideal for use during February's Black History Month or March's Women's History Month
Pros
  • Links are provided for all required materials
Cons
  • None