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The Ida Initiative is an interdisciplinary project to foster research about the life, work, and legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and other like-minded social justice crusaders by scholars and students of communication and history. Over the last two years, the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism & Electronic Media’s Ida Initiative has facilitated two scholarly panels at national conferences, hosted the Inaugural Ida B. & Beyond Conference and with the help of the School of Journalism & Electronic Media’s history students have constructed a permanent site dedicated to the life, work, and legacy of Wells-Barnett (https://theidainitiative.wordpress.com/). These educational forums have addressed Well-Barnett’s career as a reform journalist; her influence on individuals and social movements; her legacy as a civil and women’s rights pioneer; and her potential to serve as a prism through which to educate others on how to eradicate modern forms of global oppression. In the future, we will be constructing an edited volume of scholarship, participating in public history initiatives, and launching additional student-produced content related to Wells-Barnett. Stay tuned and watch us grow.

 

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