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Readers meet the brave journalist and activist who wasn't afraid to use her voice to fight for herself or others. 


In this fictional graphic memoir, Williams chronicles Wells' birth, childhood experiences, early adulthood in Memphis, and subsequent life in Chicago, allowing her subject to speak in the first person. In Memphis, Wells is forced from a train after refusing to leave the first-class seat that she paid for, three of her friends are lynched for owning a successful grocery store, and the office of her newspaper is bombed. After her departure from Memphis, Wells' story focuses on her activism for both civil rights and women's rights, forthrightly (if briefly) addressing resistance she met from White suffragists and Black leaders. Wells' narration carries readers to her death in 1931. From there, her great-granddaughter (and author) Michelle Duster takes over the narrative. The switch in perspective is odd but not wholly confusing due to Harris' clear stylings in the comics panels. The book lacks historical notes or bibliography, so engaged readers will need to seek more information about the subject on their own. The illustrations, while not particularly dynamic, use mostly warm, muted shades as they depict their subject against varying backdrops; they add much to the reading without detracting from the text. Series companion Dolly Parton, by Emily Skwish and illustrated by Lydia Fernández Abril, publishes simultaneously. 
A sweeping and inspiring young readers' introduction to Ida B. Wells. (Graphic biography. 6-9)

It's Her Story Ida B. Wells: A Graphic Novel

SKU: 9781649963697
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