“I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”


Ida Wells Barnett 1862- 1931
Ida is the little known predecessor to Rosa Parks. In May of 1884, she refused to relinquish her seat in the white section of a train. Eventually, Ida was removed by physical force from her seat and moved to an overly-crowed smoking section. But she kept fighting for her rights in court. Ida won her case, but unfortunately the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the decision with court costs. But the defeat only motivated Ida to fight harder against racial and gender discrimination. She was an activist against lynching and an eloquent supporter of women’s suffrage. Her ground-breaking lectures and writings effectively fought injustice.