Google Logo Honors Journalist & Civil Rights Leader Ida B. Wells On Her 153rd Birthday

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Today’s Google logo pays tribute to a woman who devoted her life to shedding light on civil injustices. Born on this date in Holly Springs, Mississippi, in 1862, Ida B. Wells was a journalist, lecturer, and one of the original founders of the NAACP.

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells

She worked as a teacher in Memphis, Tennessee, before becoming the co-owner and editor of the city’s black newspaper, The Free Speech and Headlight.

Wells would go on to write two of the earliest and most well-known works covering the cruel and horrific practice of lynchings, penning Southern Horrors and Other Writings and The Red Record as part of her anti-lynching crusade.

Designed by Doodler Matt Cruickshank, today’s logo highlights Wells’ career as a journalist, showing the writer at work with the backdrop of the The Daily Inter Ocean, the widely distributed Chicago paper that hired Wells as a correspondent in 1894. The following year, she would take over Chicago’s first black newspaper Chicago Conservator.

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