Shelby County and Memphis Plan Ida B. Wells Day in 2020

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Wells is proudly displayed on Facing History’s Upstander mural in Memphis, TN. (@facinghistory/Twitter)

County commissioners in Shelby County, Tennessee voted to dedicate a day to Ida B. Wells-Barnett during her birthday month. Shelby County’s seat is Memphis, where some of Wells’ most important Civil Rights work occurred.

The county commission passed an ordinance on July 22 to honor the journalist and activist with a commemorative day starting on July 16, 2020, WATN reported. Shelby County commissioner Tami Sawyer announced the news on Twitter after the resolution passed.

“It’s official! July 16 is now and forever more Ida B. Wells — Barnett day in Shelby County, TN. This was her home. This is where she did some of her most important work. THIS is the day we should be celebrating in July. I look forward to July 16, 2020!” Sawyer wrote.

Born on July 16, 1862, the activist was born into…

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