At the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913 in Washington, DC, marchers experienced attacks by angry bystanders. White organizers tried to push women of color to the back of the parade. Ida B. Wells, opposed to the request, fought back and refused to march in the segregated unit of the parade. She marched proudly with the white Illinois delegation. She stood proudly and with her head up celebrating her victory against white supremacists within the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
Ida B. Wells taught us a lesson of courage, strength and persistence - we must learn the lessons of our history and we must ensure that we leave no one behind in the fight for equality and justice.
Ida B. Wells’ legacy lives on to remind us in her own words that, no matter what, “the way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them”.
In February 2019, after a successful movement led by her great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, Congress Parkway in Downtown Chicago received a new name to honor Ida B. Wells.
Ida B. Wells Drive is the first street in downtown Chicago named after a woman of color.