Mary Church Terrell was a women’s civil rights and suffrage activist. She became an activist following the lynching of a friend of hers in 1892. Terrell focused her work on achieving suffrage for black women. Terrell placed an emphasis on the difficulty of being not only a person of color, but a woman of color. Terrell was a founder and became the first president of the NACW (National Association of Colored Women). Terrell believed that universal suffrage would be a huge achievement for women of color. Following the passing of the 19th amendment, Terrell broadened her activism to encompass all civil rights issues. Terrell sometimes joined Ida B. Wells in anti lynching campaigns.
Ida B. Wells was a civil rights activist who worked to eradicate lynching. Wells was a founder of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Wells, like Terrell, placed an emphasis on improving treatment of women of color. Wells focused much of her activism on reporting on lynching. Wells was often shunned by women’s suffrage organizations due to her journalism and anti-lynching activism.
Wells especially used statistics and data to prove that black men were being lynched as a response to alleged crimes they had committed. Wells worked hard to report on this issue and show that lynching was being used to reinforce and continue a system of white supremacy. Both Wells and Terrell worked hard to increase suffrage and ensure that information about racism was represented accurately. Through these avenues, both hoped that violence against people of color would diminish.