Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Mcleod Bethune

Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Mcleod Bethune

Contrast the careers of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary McLeod Bethune. Both women were fighting in different ways for justice. Mary McLeod Bethune was an “educator, organizer, and political activist” and organized groups to support black women and children. She believed that “education was the road to progress”. She organized the first African American girls school in Daytona Beach, Florida. She led blacks to register to vote as well as founded and joined organizations and associations such as the Florida Fellowship of Colored Women, National Association of Colored Women, National Council of Negro Women and so many more. She focused on educating the black community especially women and helping them to rise above the oppression. Ida B. Wells-Barnett focused her fight for justice in another area. She was a big anti-lynching crusader. She challenged the Jim Crow Laws in Tennessee, wrote newspaper articles criticizing the educational resources available to African American children, and in 1892 after three of her friends were lynched she began her anti-lynching crusade. She wrote articles against lynching which caused for her office at the newspaper to be destroyed. However, this did not stop her she continued writing articles at the New York Age, lectured and organized anti-lynching societies, and traveled great distances to speak out against lynching. However, even though both women were fighting for justice they were still hindered by the social limitations of sexism and racism, by the continual division of women/men and blacks/whites. In the writings of bell hooks, she emphasizes that feminism, racism, and sexism are always going to over lap one another and that you cannot separate these battles. In the introduction of Killing Rage, she talks about how women are not listened to when it comes to talking about race and how that topic of conversation is considered to be a man’s turf. This is very important espe…


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