Ida B. Wells’ Celebration Week begins Sunday, July 11

Culminates with parade and statue unveiling Friday morning, July 16

“With the memorial to Ida B. Wells,” says the Memphis Memorial Committee, “we will honor her heroism and inspire those who continue her legacy.”

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As the centerpiece of Ida B. Wells Plaza at the corner of Beale and Fourth streets, a bronze, life-sized statue of the civil rights icon and champion of women’s suffrage will be unveiled 11AM Friday, July 16. The event will mark the end of a weeklong celebration that begins this Sunday. Here are the details:

Sunday, July 11 at 6:00 PM:

Community Worship, with speaker Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., and Rev. David Helton, Host Pastor

Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 PM:

Virtual Panel Discussion Via ZOOM “The Enduring Legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett” with panelists Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols, Wendy Thomas, and Dr. Rychetta Watkins, moderated by Dr. Charles McKinney. Register for the Zoom discussion here

Thursday, July 15 at 10:00 AM:

Pilgrimage to the Lynching Site & Gravesite: Lynching Site and Gravesite of Thomas Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart, on the 1500 Block on N. Second Street, Memphis.

Thursday, July 15 at 6:00 PM:

Ministers Workshop – “How to Stay Awake in the Midst of a Revolution.” At Lindenwood Christian Church, 2400 Union Ave at East Parkway South, Memphis, 38112

Friday, July 16 at 9:00 AM:

Ida B Wells Parade: up Beale Street from Main Street to 4th Street 

Friday, July 16 at 11:00 AM:

Celebration & Unveiling of the Statue: Corner of 4th and Beale Street, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson

Follow the Ida B. Wells, Memphis Memorial Committee on Facebook, and go to the Ida B. Wells Memphis website for more details.

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