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Sister Circle Journals: Lifting As We Climb

Yvonne Livingston

Ida B. Wells

In the spirit of Ida B Wells-Barnett this issue is dedicated to the many Black women in history who trailblazed their way into history by not backing down to the patriarchal system that would keep them silent. Ida B Wells spoke out against social reform, education and promoted self-help and she did it all fearlessly during a time when women faced terrible backlash for being outspoken. It is because of this pioneering woman that broke the barriers of journalism, paved the way for other women and advocated for the Black community. Born a slave in Holy Spring MS in 1864 and later emancipated in 1865. Ida B Wells was radicalized and forever changed when southern states created laws that would force Black citizens back to inferior state. Segregation would not stop her from vocalizing the mistreatment and terror that Black people faced at the hands of an organization called Ku Klux Klan that formed in 1866. The Lycem Black Literary Club was a self-improvement club that had its own newspaper called the Evening Star and she was named editor. Wells signature name was “Iola” and she was dubbed the Princess of the Press.