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Ida B. Wells’ posthumous resume just keeps growing.

Memphis Free Speech‘s greatest journalist is going get her own Barbie doll this year. Ida B. Wells is going to be a part of the Barbie Inspiring Woman Series. The collection was founded on International Women’s Day back in 2018, and it already stars an inspiring cast of historical figures.

Some of the leading ladies featured are Rosa Parks, Katherine Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Maya Angelou.

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks Barbie Doll

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Ida B. Wells


As you can see, Ida’s Barbie figure dons a blue dress with lace details at the bodice, collar and waist. Of course a copy of a Memphis Free Speech newspaper is an accessory that she carries with her. Writing has always been her passion. Her work as an early civil rights leader, teacher and journalist lead to the awakening of a nation. The anti-lynching exposés she wrote throughout her career gained the attention fellow Black leaders, which granted her opportunities to pass on the knowledge and wisdom that she learned to others.

Ida B. Wells has been a part of the many foundations in Black and woman’s culture. She is one of the founders of the NAACP, several woman’s suffrage associations and the first Black settlement in Chicago. The Negro Fellowship League is such an amazing name. Even her posthumous achievements are astounding.

In 2020 she won a Pulitzer Prize special citation award. The next year Memphis granted her an entire statue and plaza in her name.

Ida B. Wells’ Barbie Doll hasn’t hit online stores yet because it is scheduled to be release on January 17th.

But some people have already collected the figure in retail stores.


If you’re looking to give somebody or yourself a gift early this year, you can click the link here for an online retailer.

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