Street named for civil rights hero in Chicago

A major road in downtown Chicago has been renamed after a civil rights hero, according to multiple news reports. It is also the first time in history that a road in the city has been named for a black woman. Ida B. Wells Drive was dedicated earlier in February. The street renamed was Congress Parkway. Wells was a pioneer in journalism and civil rights. She was also a suffragist.

Wells was born in the United States in 1862 into slavery. When slavery came to an end she attended college and then worked as a teacher in Mississippi. She moved to Memphis for other teaching jobs later in her career.

Wells was riding on a train at one point in her life and was removed from it by three men because she refused to relocate herself to a train car that was only for blacks. The experience led her to not only write an article about what happened but also to sue the railroad. The article was the stepping stone to a new career into journalism. Wells then moved to Chicago in 1895.

The naming of Congress Parkway in honor of Wells came 88 years after her death. The Chicago City Council passed the ordinance to rename the road in July 2018. The renaming ceremony took place earlier in February at the Harold Washington Library.

Civil rights have always been a serious topic in the city of Chicago and the rest of the country. If your civil rights have been violated it is important to speak with an experienced attorney about the situation so you can build a case.

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