Ida B. Wells
Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) was an African American activist, journalist, and suffragist who led the anti-lynching crusade to end lynchings of African-Americans in the south. Wells, born a slave, began to investigate southern lynchings of African-Americans in 1892 and was a pioneer in documenting the reasoning and justifications for these violent crimes; establishing herself as a writer, traveling speaker, and founder of many organizations fighting racial and gender injustice.