The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation
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The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation seeks to protect, preserve and promote the legacy of Ida B. Wells. We support organizations and programs that focus on education, superior journalism, social justice, equality and integrity.

The Foundation was founded in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois by five of her grandchildren.  The Foundation supports the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum in Holly Springs, MS and awards scholarships to Rust College students.  In addition, the Foundation provides support and guidance in the creation of an Ida B. Wells monument that will be built in Chicago, IL by the world-famous sculptor Richard Hunt.

The Ida B. Wells Scholarship was established in 2009 to award three outstanding students per year at Rust College, which is Ida B. Wells' alma mater.  In 2015 a scholarship in the name of Donald L. Duster (1932-2013) will be established at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to honor of the grandson of Ida B. Wells. He was also one of the founders of the Foundation and a great supporter of higher education. To date the Foundation has given out $29,000 in scholarships.

In addition to supporting organizations and students, several descendants of Ida B.Wells write articles, books and presentations about their ancestor.  They also deliver speeches to universities, churches, museums, history and women's organizations as well as participate in conferences. 

Past Activities
Between 2002 and 2008 t
he Foundation also gave journalism awards to outstanding journalists for their dedication to the principles of journalism that were used by Ida B. Wells.  In November 2002, the first journalism award was given to Columbia University Law Professor and Nation magazine columnist Patricia J. Williams. The second award, given in October 2004, was presented to journalist and New York Times columnist, Bob Herbert, for exemplifying courage in reporting on racial inequity and injustice in the United States today. In June 2008 the Foundation presented Paula Giddings the award for her tenacity in conducting meticulous research in order to write a formidable book Ida:  A Sword Among Lions that documents the incredible life and times of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

The Ida B. Wells Memorial Foundation |  P.O. Box 19579 |  Chicago, Illinois 60619
773.456.1064 |

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