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    Born of slaves, Ida B. Wells-Barnett fought to stop the lynching of Black Americans, carrying her fight to the White House. In 1898 she was part of a delegation to President McKinley demanding government action in the case of a Black postmaster who had been lynched in South Carolina.

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    Ida B. Wells Barnett (1862-1931) - Educator, anti-lynching campaigner and founder of NAACP - Google Search

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