As the Chicago Tribune reported, Wells, ran a settlement house on the South Side that provided African-Americans migrating from southern states, social services, and housing to assist in relocation. She also had a hand in creating the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Association for Colored Women. “She overcame long odds and high obstacles with hard work and eternal hope,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at the designation. “Listening to the voiceless and the vulnerable — that is how she wrote history. Now Chicago will tell her story.”
Just think. There will be generations that think it's perfectly normal for a major street in downtown #Chicago to be named after an African American woman. #IdaBWells made history in her quest for equal rights. We made history by making her visible.https://t.co/XKekG59AhG— MLDwrites (@MichelleDuster) February 12, 2019
Ida B. Wells Becomes First Black Woman With A Chicago Street Named After Her
The Windy City's Congress Parkway now bears the name of the iconic civil rights leader, who put her life on the line to expose injustice.