Date of this Version
2009 Pro>Active Publications
Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) is a fine example of the voice a writer has. Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, she was born into slavery. Her par- ents died of yellow fever when she was young. As a result, she became the head of her family and took a teaching position near her home to support the family. She moved to Memphis in 1881 because there were more teaching jobs there (Myers, 2008).