Ida B. Wells remembered on what would have been her 153rd birthday

On July 16th, 1862 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was born, better known as Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early civil rights activist. Wells led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s and eventually went on to create and become an integral part of groups striving for African-American justice. Wells was also active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations. She became well known through her pamphlets exposing the culture of lynching and the real reasons that lynching became the epidemic it was. In 1941 the Public Works Administration built a Chicago Housing Authority public housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the south side of Chicago; it was named the Ida B. Wells Homes in her honor but was unfortunately demolished in 2011. On February 1, 1990 the United States postal service issued a 25 cent postage stamp in her honor. Wells is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the civil rights movement among many others from the 1800s until now. Chuck D of Public Enemy uses their newest album "Man Plans, God Laughs" (released July 15th) to expand the minds of people today; in much of the same way that Ida B. Wells, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Angela Davis did in their time. By Devon Pyne for RAPstation.com