The list of African-American heroes is lengthy, but perhaps no black woman in our country's history showed more courage and commitment to her cause than Ida B. Wells. Orphaned at the age of 16, Wells achieved international renown as a journalist in the 1880s, using the power of the written word to expose and decry the practice of lynching in the South and to combat both racism and sexism. In her book To Keep the Waters Troubled, Linda O. McMurry revisits the life of this courageous civil rights crusader and cofounder of the NAACP.
Wells-Barnett deserves...the public's acknowledgment of the constructive contributions that black radicals...have offerd in shaping the nation's history, politics and culture.