‘Miss Ida B. Wells’

Human rights activist Ida B. Wells stared down death and didn’t blink. That’s not a metaphor. She led an anti-lynching movement in Memphis, Tennessee, in the 1890s, but moved to Chicago because of threats to her life. Through her writing, she became a leader in the civil rights movement and was a cofounder of the NAACP. Wells did this at a time before women, especially an African-American woman, had any civil rights, so add suffragist to her list of accomplishments. The play “Miss Ida B. Wells,” by the late playwright and civil rights activist Endesha Ida Mae Holland, will be directed by Nefertiti Burton. It’s staged by UofL’s African American Theatre program in collaboration with Simmons College and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.


Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | $10; $15 at door
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

About the Author

‘Miss Ida B. Wells’

Jo Anne Triplett is the contributing visual arts editor at LEO Weekly. She’s a past member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Public Art, was the content advisor on the Glassworks Building video, and has written for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Homes and Gardens and the national publication Glass Craftsman. Jo Anne came to Louisville from Washington, D.C. where she worked as a researcher and writer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum.



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