Ida B. Wells once said, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them,” and the journalist and activist spent her entire life attempting to do just that. This year, Wells, who died in 1931, would have been 156, and thanks to an effort to erect a monument in her honor in Chicago, her life and work are finally getting the respect it deserves.

In spite of her tireless advocacy for Black Americans, far too many people don’t know why Wells was such an important and integral figure. So here are 5 things to know about Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

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