Ida B. Wells, greatly influenced by the brutal 1892 lynching of three African-American men in Memphis, TN, Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart in 1892, Wells was inspired to write articles decrying the lynching of African Americans. Putting her own life at risk, she spent two months traveling in the South, gathering information on other lynching incidents. However, one particular editorial incensed some of the city’s whites to storm her newspaper office and destroy all of her equipment. Fortunately, Wells was in New York on business, but she was warned to never return to Memphis or she would be killed.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Social Justice Weekend includes a symposium, 5K Walk/Run, a teach-in consisting of Music and Dance Performances, a Tour, a Banquet celebrating the birthday of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and a Musical Tribute featuring the renowned Rust College A capella Choir, and local community gospel groups. The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Social Justice Event provides participants with a powerful tool and networks for social change. It provides a heightened motivation to work toward a peaceful, more equitable and sustainable community at the local, state, regional, national and international level