Ida B. Wells, the Black female journalist who investigated lynching in the South during the Jim Crow era, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize citation 89 years after she died in Chicago. The announcement was made Monday, May 4 at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony at Columbia University in New York.
During Wells’ time, Black journalists could not win Pulitzer Prizes. The honor was awarded to white journalists working at White newspapers. Most Black journalists worked for Black newspapers that were part of the Black Press.