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Ida B. Wells in Birmingham and Beyond

Ida B. Wells in Britain

"It is my mission to give to the world the black people's side of the story."

So said African American activist Ida B. Wells to a Leeds audience in 1893. In this incredible and iconic statement, Wells represented the sentiment of hundreds of African Americans who travelled to Britain to campaign against slavery, racism and lynching from the 1830s to the late 1890s. She remains today one of the most celebrated African Americans in history, and rightly so – she was a feminist, activist, author and a social reformer, an inspirational figure who revolutionized transatlantic history by shining a light on white domestic terrorism in the United States, specifically lynching.

Wells visited Britain in 1893 and 1894. She created an extraordinary impact on British society and established a dialogue about lynching. When Wells arrived in Britain, she found a public woefully ignorant of the horrors of lynching and sought to educate them on the sadism of white communities who tortured and shot black men, women and children across the South.

Please join Dr Hannah-Rose Murray for a free talk on Ida B. Wells' British adventures, including her trip to Birmingham. She spoke here in the city on the 17th May 1893, not just once, but twice: first to the Young Men’s Christian Assembly Rooms in Needless Alley, and then at the Central Hall in the evening. During her time in Birmingham, she stayed at 66 Gough Road, in Edgbaston, where, on the Tuesday 12th February 2019, a heritage plaque organised by the Nubian Jak Heritage Organisation will be unveiled at The Edgbaston Community Centre. 40 Woodview Drive,
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2HU.

Tel: 0121 464 9665. All are welcome to attend!

Any questions, please don't hesitate to email Hannah-Rose at

For tickets and further information visit

Tue, 5 February 2019

18:30 – 20:00 GMT

Birmingham MAC Centre

Cannon Hill Park

Queen's Ride


B12 9QH