Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

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The doll is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series, as the Wells doll features the journalist in an 1800s style high neck black dress with her hair piled up on top of her head.

Ida B. Wells, the famous Black journalist who was known for exposing the horrors of lynching, has been immortalized by Barbie, according to CNN.  

The Ida B. Wells doll is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series, as the Wells doll features the journalist in an 1800s style high neck black dress with her hair piled up on top of her head. 

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“Born into slavery, Ida grew to become a journalist, activist, and suffragist – bringing light to the stories of injustice that Black people faced in her lifetime, and co-founding several organizations including the NAACP,” Barbie said in an Instagram post. “When kids learn about heroes like Ida B. Wells, they don’t just imagine a better future – they know they have the power to make it come true.” 

The doll will be made available at major retailers on Jan. 17. 

In 1862, Wells was born into slavery and spent her iconic career exposing racism in the United States as she wrote about race and politics in the South, according to CNN. Additionally, she co-owned The Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper and was strongly against segregated schools. 

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According to the National Park Service, Wells became active in the anti-lynching movement in 1892 after a number of her friends were lynched for starting a grocery store that drew customers away from a white-owned store. 

As a result of those lynchings, she went to the White House in 1898 and demanded President William McKinley make reforms. 

In 2020, Wells was posthumously recognized with a Pulitzer Prize “For her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.” 

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