IdaB in Brooklyn

Title

IdaB in Brooklyn

Description

When Ida B Wells arrived in Brooklyn, it was still its own city. (The 5 boros consolidated in 1898.) How imposing the massive metropolis must have felt to Ida, forced to flee Memphis in 1892 after publishing “The Truth About Lynching.”

Ida’s life-long crusade against lynching began to take shape while living on Gold Street. She eventually settled in Chicago, but Brooklyn was where she learned to be a public speaker - in part by asking Maritcha Remond Lyons, who had bested her in a debate, to coach her.

Today Brooklyn thanked her for her service to the nation by naming Gold Street “Ida B Wells Place.” It was cold, but 100 people stayed to hear Ida’s biographer Paula Giddings, and her greatest contemporary inheritor, @nhannahjones.

Ida’s great-grandson Benjamin Duster and 2 of her great-great-daughters were there too, plus @ljoywilliams and many more. Prof. Giddings was polite enough not to mention the rivalry between Brooklyn & Manhattan women that she describes in her book...but Manhattan should be feeling competitive! The (now demolished) hall where Ida gave her very 1st public speech was right by Bryant Park. Isn't it time for a plaque? #BlackSuffragists #Suffrage100 

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Daily Suffragist

Date

07/03/2020

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Daily Suffragist, “IdaB in Brooklyn,” Daily Suffragist, accessed September 21, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/265.

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