Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ida B. Wells Festival this weekend
Ida B. Wells-Barnett was a formidable woman with a lengthy resume.
She was an anti-lynching crusader, woman’s rights activist, passionate crusader against racism, journalist and teacher who spoke out on racial issues. She was a civil rights pioneer and also one of the founders of the NAACP.
This weekend, July 15-17, the life and legacy of this remarkable woman will be celebrated.
All proceeds from the annual Ida B. Wells Arts and Crafts Festival and Birthday Celebration will benefit the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum located at 220 North Randolph Street in Holly Springs.
She was born July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs before the close of the Civil War. She was orphaned in 1878 at age 16 when her parents died, victims of the yellow fever epidemic.
For more than 40 years, Ida B. Wells was one of the most fearless and respected women in the United States. She received her education and early training in Holly Springs at Shaw University, now Rust College, one of the oldest African American colleges in Mississippi.
The weekend’s festivities begin Friday with an opening ceremony at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Center, 235 N. Memphis Street. Mayor Andre’ DeBerry will kick off the big event at 10 a.m.
The festivities on Friday will also include an art exhibit, tour of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, music, poetry, dance, storytelling, face painting, games and arts and crafts. A catfish lunch will be offered at noon for a $7 donation.
Exhibits include art by guest artists Gloria Gipson-Suggs, Keiffer DeBerry, Betty Arnold and Michelle Duster. From 6:30-7:30 p.m. there will be a Meet and Greet Family with a barbecue dinner. A $7 donation is asked for the dinner. Following dinner will be local gospel and praise teams.
On Saturday, July 16, the tour will begin at the Ida B. Wells Museum and have a dedication of memorial gravesites at the Hillcrest Cemetery. A tour of Rust College with lunch at Premier Cafe will be included for a price of $30 per person.
A line-up motorcade for the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Banquet will be held at Hudsonville C.M.E. Church Life Center, 6 p.m. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m.
Beverly Johnson, WDIA radio personality, will be the guest speaker for the banquet and the cost will be a $30 donation. For more information on how to purchase tickets you may call 662-252-3232.
Sunday morning, the tour group will meet at the musuem, 8 a.m., and proceed to Providence M.B. Church for breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
For more information on the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Celebration please call the museum, at 662-252-3232 or email: email@example.com.
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