The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.


 

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them. This is an advertisement taken from the Washington Bee newspaper dated Saturday October 22, 1892. It is an advertisement for Ida B. Wells’ lecture held at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. Her subject that night was “Southern Mob Rule.” She was introduced by Timothy Thomas Fortune, editor of the New York Age and later an editor of the Negro World Newspaper. Presiding at the event was Mary Church Terrell.

Ida B. Wells gives us our marching orders. We know 148 women of African ancestry were lynched in the United States of America. We will right those wrongs by turning the light of truth on them.

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4 thoughts on “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.

  1. Hello,

    I’m trying to collect quotes from abolitionists and civil rights activists, but I want to cite the original sources whenever possible. I’m having a difficult time finding an original source for Wells’s quote, “the way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.” The image on your website is the closest thing I’ve seen to an original source: would you mind telling me where you got it and/or what you know about the origin of the quote? Thank you for your time.

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    • That is an advertisement taken from the Washington Bee newspaper dated Saturday October 22, 1892. It is an advertisement for Ida B. Wells’ lecture held at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. Her subject that night was “Southern Mob Rule.” She was introduced by Timothy Thomas Fortune, editor of the New York Age and later an editor of the Negro World Newspaper. Presiding at the event was Mary Church Terrell. I believe the quote is from “Southern Mob Rule.”

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