The Woman Who Kept Her Seat
by Richard Diedrichs
In 1884, Ida B. Wells was removed from a train for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman. She wrote a newspaper article reporting on her mistreatment. As an investigative journalist, Wells exposed the occurrences and causes of the lynching of black citizens in the post-Civil War South. She worked relentlessly as a crusader to improve the lives of African Americans in the United States.