By Kid Reporter DONALD BERGER, age 12

PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/Project Gutenberg
PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons/Project Gutenberg


  1. I was born a slave in 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
  2. I helped start the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and fought for women’s rights.
  3. My activism put me in grave danger but I refused to be silenced.
  4. I became a teacher at the age of 16 to take care of my younger siblings after my parents died of yellow fever.
  5. I was a journalist for a free speech newspaper where I wrote about how lynching black people is wrong.
  6. By the time I died in 1931, lynching had disappeared almost entirely, largely due to my effort.

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Answer: Ida B. Wells