Ida b Wells purchased a first class ticket for herself on a train going from Memphis to Nashville where she was attending collage in 1882. When she tried to take her seat she was forcibly moved to the segregated section of the train.
Ida was so enraged she decided to search for legal help and eventually sued the Chesapeake, Ohio, and Southwestern Railroad Company for $500
This incident also inspired her to start writing about race and political corruptness in the south, becoming so successful she opened two newspapers called the The Memphis Free Speech and Headlight and Free Speech newspaper.
Ida was very outspoken against a segregated school systems and was even fired from her first job as a teacher over it but by 1892 her focus shifted to anti lynching after a friend of hers and two coworkers were killed.
In 1898 wells brought her anti lynching ideas to the White House and demanded that President McKinley make reforms in America