By Kid Reporter DONALD BERGER, age 12
- I was born a slave in 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
- I helped start the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and fought for women’s rights.
- My activism put me in grave danger but I refused to be silenced.
- I became a teacher at the age of 16 to take care of my younger siblings after my parents died of yellow fever.
- I was a journalist for a free speech newspaper where I wrote about how lynching black people is wrong.
- 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