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Let It Shine: Ida B. Well-Barnett

Summer Book Club Read on Stories of Black Female Freedom Fighters

This summer we're reading Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters.

According to the National Women's History Museum, "Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a prominent journalist, activist, and researcher, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In her lifetime, she battled sexism, racism, and violence.

As a skilled writer, Wells-Barnett also used her skills as a journalist to shed light on the conditions of African Americans throughout the South.

Wells-Barnett traveled internationally, shedding light on lynching to foreign audiences. Abroad, she openly confronted white women in the suffrage movement who ignored lynching. Because of her stance, she was often ridiculed and ostracized by women’s suffrage organizations in the United States.

She was also a founder of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club, which was created to address issues dealing with civil rights and women’s suffrage."

In learning about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, answer the following questions:

  1. What does it mean to be Vigilant?

  2. Would It be accurate to describe Ida B.Wells as Vigilant?

  3. Identify the role Vigilance plays in Short Story?

  4. What role does Vigilance play in being courageous?


Harlem youth can attend Book Club classes live on Zoom on Wednesdays at noon through August 14, 2020. Parents, sign up your student(s) for Virtual Summer Programming at

To learn more about our Virtual Summer Programming, click here.

BGCHarlem 2020 Book Club made possible by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

BGCHarlem would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the donation of our Summer 2020 Book Club books in our Summer Fun Kits for summer campers toward the amplification of Black voices through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Equity Initiative. Click here to learn more about HMH's Books for Equity Initiative.

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