Thus we get momentary Internet outrage when out-of-control whites attack Black people. Perhaps the most notable example of this conflict was her very public disagreement with Frances Willard, the first President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).[86]. Wells had been invited for her first British speaking tour by Catherine Impey and Isabella Fyvie Mayo. Wells and the Birmingham Connection", "Honoring Ida B. Wells had been out of town, vacationing in New York; but never returned to Memphis. Dozens … In Memphis, she hired an African-American attorney to sue the railroad. [146] The Memphis Memorial Committee, alongside the Neshoba Community Center, will be seeking to honor Ida B. That particular plaque didn’t last very long, but the sentiment lives on. The term is derived from the name of Charles Lynch (1736–96), who led an irregular court formed to punish loyalists during the … "[16] Wells was ordered to pay court costs. Willard was promoting temperance as well as suffrage for women, and Wells was calling attention to lynching in the U.S. "[24], Four days later, on May 25, The Daily Commercial published a threat: "The fact that a Black scoundrel [Ida B. Wells", "Quakers Against Racism: Catherine Impey and the, "Re-Embodying Ida B. Her reaction to the higher court's decision revealed her strong convictions on civil rights and religious faith, as she responded: "I felt so disappointed because I had hoped such great things from my suit for my people. We need to be reminded of Wells and her audacity, especially now, when so many seem to have been silenced by 45’s trickery. [143], On November 7, 2019, a Mississippi Writers Trail historical marker was installed at Rust College in Holly Springs commemorating the legacy of Ida B. On June 27, 1895, in Chicago at Bethel AME Church, Wells married attorney Ferdinand L. Barnett,[61] a widower with two sons, Ferdinand Barnett and Albert Graham Barnett (1886–1962). "[90], Wells also dedicated a chapter in The Red Record to juxtapose the different positions that she and Willard held. [6] Before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Wells' parents were enslaved to Spires Boling, an architect, and the family lived in the structure now called Bolling–Gatewood House, which has become the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum. Before dying, James' father brought him, aged 18, to Holly Springs to become a carpenter's apprentice, where he developed a skill and worked as a "hired out slave living in town". After the lynching of her friends, Wells wrote in Free Speech and Headlight urging Blacks to leave Memphis altogether: "There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by White persons. [92] The organization, in rented space, served as a reading room, library, activity center, and shelter for young Black men in the local community at a time when the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) did not allow Black men as members. [91], Wells, her husband, and some members of their Bible study group, in 1908, founded the Negro Fellowship League (NFL), the first Black settlement house in Chicago. [121] In 2011, Wells was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame for her writings. When he died in 1895, Wells was perhaps at the height of her notoriety, but many men and women were ambivalent or against a woman taking the lead in Black civil rights at a time when women were not seen as, and often not allowed to be, leaders by the wider society. Wells Graduate Student Fellowship", Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia, "Letter from Frederick Douglass to Ida B. [50][51] Wells Battled Jim Crow in Memphis", College of Fellows of the American Theatre, "8 – White Women and the Campaign Against Lynching: Frances Willard, Jane Addams, Jesse Daniel Ames", Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World's Columbian Exposition: The Afro-American Contribution to Columbian Literature, "Announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners – Special Citation: Ida B. Wells, written by Wendy D. Jones (born 1953) and starring Janice Jenkins,[149] was produced. Awards have been established in her name by the National Association of Black Journalists,[110] the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University,[111] the Coordinating Council for Women in History,[112] the Type Investigations (formerly the Investigative Fund),[113] the University of Louisville,[114] and the New York County Lawyers' Association (awarded annually since 2003),[115] among many others. [122], On February 1, 1990, at the start of Black History Month in the U.S., the U.S. She won her case on December 24, 1884, when the local circuit court granted her a $500 award. She continued to work after the birth of her first child, traveling and bringing the infant Charles with her. She was a spokeswoman and an advocate for women being successful in the workplace, having  equal opportunities, and creating a name for themselves. Wells now! [97], The prospect of passing the act, even one of partial enfranchisement, was the impetus for Wells and her White colleague Belle Squire to organize the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago on January 30, 1913. Wells: The 'Drive' in Her Name – A Long Wait for a Distinguished Lady", "Daughter of Slave Fights for Racial Justice", "National Association of Colored Women's Clubs", "Ida B. [3], In 2020, Wells was posthumously honored with a Pulitzer Prize special citation "[f]or her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching. [71][72] In 1914 she served as president of NERL's Chicago bureau. "[4], Ida Bell Wells was born on the Bolling Farm near Holly Springs, Mississippi,[5] July 16, 1862. She noted that White people assumed that any relationship between a White woman and a Black man was a result of rape. Our country’s national crime is lynching. Wells, a journalist and activist who fought for equality. [135][136], On March 8, 2018, The New York Times published a belated obituary for her,[2] in a series marking International Women's Day and entitled "Overlooked" that set out to acknowledge that, since 1851, its obituary pages had been dominated by White men, while notable women – including Wells – had been ignored. She kept writing and kept it moving, constantly speaking truth to power. Wells spent her life championing the cause of racial justice. Wells and The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells Looks to Erect Memorial", "Issues Honor Ida B. In the 1920s, her influence had declined. [8] However, she lost the presidency of the National Association of Colored Women in 1924 to the more diplomatic Mary Bethune. Barnett founded The Chicago Conservator, the first Black newspaper in Chicago, in 1878. [63], In addition to Barnett's two children from Ferdinand's previous marriage, the couple had four more: Charles Aked Barnett (1896–1957), Herman Kohlsaat Barnett (1897–1975), Ida Bell Wells Barnett, Jr. (1901–1988), and Alfreda Marguerita Barnett (married surname Duster; 1904–1983). The Ida B. Marching the day before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson in 1913, suffragists from across the country gathered to demand universal suffrage. She fought tirelessly for the right of all women to vote, despite facing racism within the suffrage movement. In 1893, she organized The Women's Era Club, a first-of-its-kind civic club for African-American women in Chicago. It was the only major White paper that persistently denounced lynching. She stated: "Nobody in this section of the country believes the old threadbare lie that Black men rape White women. Wells put in, even though we have more tools than she had. IDA B. WELLS-BARNETTIda B. Wells-Barnett is first among many. Wells resisted this proposition. Ultimately, Wells-Barnett concluded that appealing to reason and compassion would not succeed in gaining criminalization of lynching by Southern Whites. At the age of 16, she lost both her parents and her infant brother in the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Wells travelled twice to Britain in her campaign against lynching, the first time in 1893 and the second in 1894. Wells and Mary Church Terrell were among the Black women who marched with the women of their state, refusing to march at the rear. She also attended Lemoyne-Owen College, a historically Black college in Memphis. Michelle Duster, author, educator, and the great-granddaughter of pioneering journalist and activist Ida B. Postal Service dedicated a 25¢ stamp commemorating Wells in a ceremony at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The collection is open for research. As a child of parents who became active leaders in the Republican Party and founded both the Freedman’s Aid Society as well as Shaw University, Ida seems to … It also covered Black peoples' struggles in the South since the Civil War. She was the eldest child of James Madison Wells (1840–1878) and Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Warrenton). In 1894, Ida B. Following the funerals of her parents and brother, friends and relatives decided that the five remaining Wells children should be separated and sent to various foster homes. This verdict supported railroad companies that chose to racially segregate their passengers. She might soon have her own statue there", "Here's Why Google Doodle Salutes Fearless, Peerless Word-Warrior Ida B. In 1930, Wells unsuccessfully sought elective office, running as an Independent for a seat in the Illinois Senate, against the Republican Party candidate, Adelbert Roberts. Mayo was a well-known writer and poet who wrote under the name of Edward Garrett. Wells exposed lynching as a barbaric practice of Whites in the South used to intimidate and oppress African Americans who created economic and political competition—and a subsequent threat of loss of power—for Whites. [7], After emancipation, Wells’ father, James Wells, became a trustee of Shaw College (now Rust College). [9] Wells had been visiting her grandmother's farm near Holly Springs at the time, and was spared. Proceedings of the National Negro Conference, 1909. In 1893 Wells and Willard travelled separately to Britain on lecture tours. [69] However, in her autobiography, Wells stated that Du Bois deliberately excluded her from the list. Ida B. Wells-Barnett has 53 books on Goodreads with 18409 ratings. Wells gained publicity in Memphis when she wrote a newspaper article for The Living Way, a Black church weekly, about her treatment on the train. Wells: A Figure of Resistance in American Popular Culture", Frances Willard House Museum and Archives, "Women Subjects on United States Postage Stamps", "African American Subjects on United States Postage Stamps", "Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells. https://paper.li/GarlandJournal/1346357406?edition_id=bd0b8bb0-3e48-11eb-a49c-002590a5ba2d Thanks to @gisdnews, The latest Garland Journal Daily! There should be one in Chicago, where she lived from 1893 until her death in 1931. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). To keep her younger siblings together as a family, she found work as a teacher in a Black elementary school in Holly Springs. Wells as Witness for Our Time” by Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe. Pulitzers honor Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Sarah Parker Remond, and many other black women who were described as “hundreds of nameless black women.” These notable women and others had participated tirelessly in the suffrage fight. A skilled and persuasive speaker, Wells traveled nationally and internationally on lecture tours. Wells Gets Her Street—City Council Approves Renaming Congress in Her Honor", "Great-Granddaughter of Ida B. [28][29], Wells subsequently accepted a job with New York Age and continued her anti-lynching campaign from New York. For example, there are differing in accounts for why Wells' name was excluded from the original list of founders of the NAACP. Wells, "Speech on Lynch Law in America, Given by Ida B. It concluded, "We think it is evident that the purpose of the defendant in error was to harass with a view to this suit, and that her persistence was not in good faith to obtain a comfortable seat for the short ride. [80], Wells received much support from other social activists and her fellow club women. She worked with national civil rights leaders to protest a major exhibition, she was active in the national women's club movement, and she ultimately ran for the Illinois State Senate. Wells Association, was founded by University of Memphis philosophy graduate students to promote discussion of philosophical issues arising from the African-American experience and to provide a context in which to mentor undergraduates. [52] She was the first African-American woman to be a paid correspondent for a mainstream White newspaper. "[26] The Evening Scimitar (Memphis) copied the story that same day, but, more specifically raised the threat: "Patience under such circumstances is not a virtue. This was evident when in 1899 the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs intended to meet in Chicago. [52] After she told Nixon about her planned tour, he asked her to write for the newspaper while in England. Her mantra is best summarized in her quote, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” In her book, “Southern Horrors,” she detailed the horrors of lynching and the fact that so many lynchings were the result of rumor, not fact. Wells Plaza' Banner Where a Statue of Edward Carmack Stood Before It Was Toppled by Protesters", "Birmingham Blue Plaque Unveiled to Commemorate Civil Rights Activist Ida B. The buildings were demolished in August 2011 due to changing demographics and ideas about such housing. Wells, represented in our nation’s statuary. Angry about the previous day's mêlée, Barrett responded that "Blacks were thieves" and hit McDowell with a pistol. There should be one at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where she once matriculated. Wells and 'American Atrocities" in Britain", "Great Grandson of Influential Civil Rights Pioneer Ida B. She should be lifted up to remind us of the power of audacity. Ida B. She also was passionate about women's rights and suffrage. [9][108], Wells died of uremia (kidney failure) in Chicago on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68. In 1928, she tried to become a delegate to the Republican National Convention but lost to Oscar De Priest. [134] This organization was created with much support from the Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation, and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. [17] She referred to an interview Willard had conducted during her tour of the American South, in which she had blamed African Americans' behavior for the defeat of temperance legislation. Ida B. The basis of their dispute was Wells' public statements that Willard was silent on the issue of lynching. As a result of her two lecture tours in Britain, she received significant coverage in the British and American press. Impey, a Quaker abolitionist who published the journal Anti-Caste,[49] had attended several of Wells' lectures while traveling in America. Lynching, a form of violence in which a mob, under the pretext of administering justice without trial, executes a presumed offender, often after inflicting torture. Given her experience as a school teacher in segregated systems in the South, she wrote to the publisher on the failures of segregated school systems and the successes of integrated public schools. Wells Barnett 1721 Words | 7 Pages. ', 'one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap', and 'A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be … She focused her work on Black women's suffrage in the city following the enactment of a new state law enabling partial women's suffrage. Writing to the president of the association, Mary Terrell, Chicago organizers of the event stated that they would not cooperate in the meeting if it included Wells. [1] Over the course of a lifetime dedicated to combating prejudice and violence, and the fight for African-American equality, especially that of women, Wells arguably became the most famous Black woman in America.[2]. It draws on historical incidents and speeches from Wells' autobiography, and features fictional letters to a friend. On the day of the march, the head of the Illinois delegation told the Wells delegates that the NAWSA wanted "to keep the delegation entirely White",[102] and all African-American suffragists, including Wells, were to walk at the end of the parade in a "colored delegation". No matter! [78] After her death, the Ida B. On May 17, 1894, she spoke in Birmingham at the Young Men's Christian Assembly and at Central Hall, staying in Edgbaston at 66 Gough Road. [123][124][125], In 2006, the Harvard Kennedy School commissioned a portrait of Wells. Rosalyn Terborg-Penn‘s book identified more than 120 black women, including Sojourner Truth, Mary-Ann Shadd Cary, Ida B. McDowell was later arrested but subsequently released. [36] The phrase, instrument of vengeance was also referenced in the 1831 work, The Confessions of Nat Turner, published by Thomas Ruffin Gray, wherein Turner explains how he saw the divine signs – God's will to eradicate the evil of slavery – that (a) vindicated him as an instrument of vengeance and (b) established his prophetic status. (Congresswoman Maxine Waters comes close). Plans Underway for Inaugural Baseball Event to Benefit Students. The safety of women, of childhood, of the home is menaced in a thousand localities, so that men dare not go beyond the sight of their own roof tree. Wells' as a prominent figure in Memphis's history by installing a statue in her memory. [84] Like all suffragists she believed in women's right to vote, but she also saw enfranchisement as a way for Black women to become politically involved in their communities and to use their votes to elect African Americans, regardless of gender, to influential political offices. The stamp, designed by Thomas Blackshear II, features a portrait of Wells illustrated from a composite of photographs of her taken during the mid-1890s. Ida B. [33][34] Having examined many accounts of lynchings due to the alleged "rape of White women", she concluded that Southerners cried rape as an excuse to hide their real reasons for lynchings: Black economic progress, which threatened White Southerners with competition, and White ideas of enforcing Black second-class status in the society. Wells. [6] Lizzie's experience as an enslaved person was quite different. Although she made her mark as a journalist, she was also a social worker, advocate, feminist, and organization leader. She held strong political opinions and provoked many people with her views on women's rights. However, Cairnes, in the article, went on to explain that Longfellow's prediction did not transpire: "The hour of grim revel at length came, and the American Sampson [sic] raised his hand, but for a purpose far different than that which the poet dreaded – not to shake, but to stay up the tottering temple of American liberties – that temple in which he had only received insult and unutterable wrong. [95][96][a] Illinois was the first state east of the Mississippi to give women these voting rights. Southern Horrors and The Red Record's documentation of lynchings captured the attention of Northerners who knew little about lynching or accepted the common explanation that Black men deserved this fate. Wells was an African American journalist, abolitionist and feminist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. In her lifetime, she battled sexism, racism, and violence. The People's Grocery employees William Stewart and Calvin R. McDowell (1870–1892) saw the fight and rushed outside to defend the young Harris from the adult Hurst as people in the neighborhood gathered in to what quickly became a "racially charged mob". When her lawyer was paid off by the railroad,[15] she hired a White attorney. And while Black men were the primary victims of lynching, Black women, union organizers, and others were also lynched. Because of Ida B. As a skilled writer, Wells-Barnett also used her skills as a journalist to shed light on the conditions of African Americans throughout the South. Wells-Barnett explored these in detail in her The Red Record.[38]. [126] In 2007 the Ida B. [94], In the years following her dispute with Willard, Wells continued her anti-lynching campaign and organizing in Chicago. The first statute of this “unwritten law” was written in the blood of thousands of brave men who thought that a government that was good enough to create a citizenship was strong enough to protect it. She too often gets short shrift in history, mainly because she did not go along to get along with the men of her era, crossing swords with the likes of Dr. W.E.B. What follows is a speech she made to a Chicago audience on the subject in January 1900. Few have the audacity of Ida B. At least 3,436 people were lynched between 1889 and 1922. Thousands of blacks joined the "Exodusters" migrating to Oklahoma and other points west. "[87][88][89], Although Willard and her prominent supporter Lady Somerset were critical of Wells' comments, Wells was able to turn that into her favor, portraying their criticisms as attempts by powerful White leaders to "crush an insignificant colored woman. Beginning in 1892 with the destruction of her newspaper, the Memphis Free Speech, Ida B. Wells. Wells Receives Pulitzer Prize Citation: 'The Only Thing She Really Had Was the Truth, "Letter to the Editor: Ida Wells an inspiring heroine for International Women's Day", "Protesters Hang an 'Ida B. [53], Wells toured England, Scotland and Wales for two months, addressing audiences of thousands,[54] and rallying a moral crusade among the British. On May 4, 1884, a train conductor with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad[13][14] ordered Wells to give up her seat in the first-class ladies car and move to the smoking car, which was already crowded with other passengers. The group of White men were met by a barrage of bullets from the People's Grocery, and Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Charley Cole was wounded, as well as civilian Bob Harold. The play is inspired by the real-life events that compelled a 29-year-old Ida B. There she witnessed the Civil War and the dramatic changes it brought to her life. The activists once again take the Capitol steps. [134], In 2018, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened; it includes a reflection space dedicated to Wells, a selection of quotes by her, and a stone inscribed with her name. He refused to vote for Democratic candidates (see Southern Democrats) during the period of Reconstruction, became a member of the Loyal League, and was known as a "race man" for his involvement in politics and his commitment to the Republican Party. Two years after its founding, the club played a significant role in electing Oscar De Priest as the first African-American alderman in Chicago. Susan B. Anthony said she seemed "distracted". The film dramatizes a moment during the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913 when Wells ignored instructions to march with the segregated parade units and crossed the lines to march with the other members of her Illinois chapter. Like Wells, he spoke widely against lynchings and for the civil rights of African Americans. Word Count: 1982. Wells: Suffragist, Feminist, and Leader", "Ida B. Wells, we have more detail than we might have had about these horrors. During her summer vacations she attended summer sessions at Fisk University, a historically Black college in Nashville. Ida B. [150], In 1999, a staged reading of the play Iola's Letter, written by Michon Boston (née Michon Alana Boston; born 1962), was performed at Howard University in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Vera J. Katz,[b][151] including then-student Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) among the cast. “Passionate for Justice: Ida B. He is as eloquent as Ida B. and as purposeful. "[20], Wells' anti-lynching commentaries in the Free Speech had been building, particularly with respect to lynchings and imprisonment of Black men suspected of raping White women. Wells was driven out of Memphis in 1892. Dog, … Wells, Introduction", "The Race Problem – Miss Willard on the Political Puzzle of the South", "The African-American Suffragists History Forgot", "Ida B. Fighting Racism and Sexism. This sort of close working relationship between a wife and husband was unusual at the time, as women often played more traditional domestic roles in a marriage. The Memphis Appeal-Avalanche reports: – Frederick Douglass (October 25, 1892)[21], Just before he was killed, Moss said to the mob: "Tell my people to go west, there is no justice here."[20]. Black economic progress was a contemporary issue in the South, and in many states Whites worked to suppress Black progress. [43] Generally southern states and White juries refused to indict any perpetrators for lynching,[44] although they were frequently known and sometimes shown in the photographs being made more frequently of such events. Wells", "How These Women Raised $42k in a Day for an Ida B. One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap. Wells Keeps Her Legacy Alive", "Ida B. In an interview, Wells' daughter Alfreda said that the two had "like interests" and that their journalist careers were "intertwined". [35], Wells, in Southern Horrors, adopted the phrase "poor, blind Afro-American Sampsons" to denote Black men as victims of "White Delilahs". Quit Playin’: Don’t Get Yo’ Ass Whipped!!! he way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them. Wells, Judicial System", "History: Movement to Honor Anti-Lynching Crusader and Journalist Ida B. [10] The previous year, the Supreme Court had ruled against the federal Civil Rights Act of 1875 (which had banned racial discrimination in public accommodations). https://conta.cc/3rNAPmu, The latest Garland Journal Daily! A scrapbook, located in Series XVIII, Subseries 1, by Ferdinand Barnett is restricted due to its fragile condition. Wells is the 25th African-American entry – and fourth woman African American – on a U.S. postage stamp. Wells has inspired me for much of my life. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an African-American activist who was particularly outspoken on the inhumanity and barbarism of public lynching, can be used as an excellent primary source exemplifying how black women in the progressive era felt that they were expected to be presented. Wells: An Intimate Portrait of the Activist as a Young Woman (which was actually later published and edited by her daughter). The Extra Mile pays homage to Americans such as Wells who set aside their own self-interest in order to help others and who successfully brought positive social change to the United States. Raphael Warnock made history on January 5th becoming Georgia’s first Black senator. Wells Club in her honor. "[26], Despite Douglass' praise, Wells was becoming a controversial figure among local and national women's clubs. Wells and Barnett had met in 1893, working together on a pamphlet protesting the lack of Black representation at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. "[36], After conducting greater research, Wells published The Red Record, in 1895, a 100-page pamphlet with more detail, describing lynching in the United States since the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. By portraying the horrors of lynching, she worked to show that racial and gender discrimination are linked, furthering the Black feminist cause. Wells for the next forty years was the most prominent opponent of lynching in the United States. [8] In 1917, Wells wrote a series of investigative reports for the Chicago Defender on the East St. Louis Race Riots. In 2019, a new middle school in Washington, D.C., was named in her honor. [81], In 1900, Wells was outraged when the Chicago Tribune published a series of articles suggesting adoption of a system of racial segregation in public schools. [120] Molefi Kete Asante included Wells on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans in 2002. Wells began writing for the paper in 1893, later acquired a partial ownership interest, and after marrying Barnett, assumed the role of editor. [107], Wells began writing her autobiography, Crusade for Justice (1928), but never finished the book; it would be posthumously published, edited by her daughter Alfreda Barnett Duster, in 1970, as Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. The club advocated to have a housing project in Chicago named after the founder, Ida B. Many of the articles published at the time of her return to the United States were hostile personal critiques, rather than reports of her anti-lynching positions and beliefs. Echoing Moss' last words, Wells and other black leaders encouraged black Memphians to leave the city, which, she said "will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood." [68], Wells encountered and sometimes collaborated with the others, but they also had many disagreements, while also competing for attention for their ideas and programs. Any Black man who looked sideways at the wrong white woman was subject to lynching, so much so that even in the rare case where Black men were acquitted of rape, rabid crowds still lynched them. Wells Club went on to do many things. Meanwhile, she extended her efforts to gain support of such powerful White nations as Britain to shame and sanction the racist practices of America.[47]. Wells, Who Took on Racism in the Deep South With Powerful Reporting on Lynchings", "Theater Review; A Pageant Based on History, With Songs That Yearn", "Ida B. 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