Ida B Wells was born into slavery a few months before the Emancipation Proclamation. When both her parents and a sibling died of yellow fever, Ida took a job teaching at a segregated school to support herself and her other siblings. One day while tracing by train she was asked to move to the smacking car even though she had a first class ticket. She refused to move and was dragged off the train by several men. She got a job as a reporter and wrote about lynchings and civil rights issues. She was also invoked in the Suffrage movement, even participating in the 1917 Washington DC parade. She was asked to march in the segregated section but snuck into another part of the parade.
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Ida also makes a brief appearance in the Iron Jawed Angels movie.