Though virtually forgotten today, Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a household name in Black America during much of her lifetime (1863-1931) and was considered the equal of her well-known African American contemporaries such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois.
Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice (1989, 55 min) by filmmaker William Greaves retells the dramatic life and turbulent times of the pioneering African American journalist, activist, suffragist and anti-lynching crusader of the post-Reconstruction period. Wells' great-granddaughter Michelle Duster is working with the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee to memorilize Wells in bronze. The monumental artwork, located at 37th and Langley in Bronzeville, the Chicago neighborhood where she once lived, worked, and raised her family. The central sculpture will be created by sculptor Richard Hunt.