In May, the Pulitzer organization awarded Ida Wells Barnett a special citation “For her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.” The Pulitzer Prizes’ motto is “Honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917” and this is the first time they honored Barnett who had been an investigative journalist some 20 years before their founding and whose work continued until her death in 1931.
The irony of their oversight is that every mainstream news publication in the nation, and a few in other countries, covered the comings and goings of Ida B. often. The New York Times announced her marriage though they published a ‘belated’ obituary in 2018. European press covered her anti-lynching tours. White southern newspapers loved to hate Barnett and her rabble-rousing; sticking her nose where it did not belong with anti-lynching reporting.
July 16 is the late Ida B. Wells Barnett’s 158th birthday. To celebrate the educator, activist and investigative journalist, we have compiled an essential reading list about her and her work. As members of the Black press, we are indebted to her as an example of courage and proponent of freedom of speech, especially during these times.
By Ida B. Wells
Books About Ida B. Wells
Paula J. Giddings
Patricia A. Schechter
The University of North Carolina Press, 2001
Cathering Meeks and Nibs Stroupe
Church Publishing, 2019
Political Pioneer of the Press (text book)
Lori Amber Roessner & Jodi L. Rightler-McDaniels (editors)
Lexington Books, 2018
March 8, 2018, The New York Times belated obituary
March 16, 2018 The New York Times podcast
"Remembering Ida B. Wells's Legacy" by Michelle Duster Teen Vogue
"Ida B. Wells: The 'Drive' in Her Name a Long Wait for a Distinguished Lady"
"Ida B. Wells and the Birmingham Connection." Click Here to Read