Women's History Month Lecture and Film Series
Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 11:58am
March is Women's History Month. In recognition, the DC Public Library is presenting a series of documentary films on women who have impacted American History. Special focus will be placed on the life of Ida B. Wells, journalist, suffragist and civil rights activist.
March 28: Lecture: The Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, 1 p.m.
Second Floor, Room 220
Dr. Sandra Jowers-Barber of the University of the District of Columbia will present a lecture on the activism of journalist Ida B. Wells. Wells was a prominent early civil rights activist. Through her investigative reporting, she brought lynching to the attention of the American public. Wells published her findings in a pamphlet entitled, Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All Its Phases.
Film Screening of Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice, 3pm
Second Floor West Lobby
This PBS documentary presents the life of early 20th-century civil rights and anti-lynching activist and journalist, Ida B. Wells. Wells, an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, and suffragist, documented lynching in the United States, showing how it was often a way to control or punish African Americans. She was active in the women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations.