In this week’s Historical Perspective, we feature journalist and activist, Ida B. Wells Barnett. Born a slave on July 16, 1852, in Holly Springs, Miss., Wells was recently honored a posthumous 2020 Pulitzer for reporting on racism and the Jim Crow South. A biography of Wells’s life is set for March 2021.

July 12 – Comedian and actor, Bill Cosby born, 1937. Emmy Award actress Beah Richards born, 1926.

July 13 – Black Lives Matter movement is founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, 2013.

July 14 – Founder of Kwanzaa, Maulana Karenga born, 1941. Denmark Vesey born, 1822.

July 15 – Hollywood actor, Forest Whitaker born, 1961.

July 16 – Ida B. Wells Barnett, journalist, social activist born, 1852. Barbara Lee, Congresswoman and former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, born, 1946.

July 17 – Eric Garner dies in Staten Island, New York after being placed in a choke hold.

July 18- Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and political activist, born 1918. L.C. Bailey is issued a patent for the folding bed, 1899.