In a long-overdue recognition of the tireless and very dangerous work of chronicling lynchings in America, Ida. B. Wells was recognized today by the Pulitzer Prize committee. The pioneering journalist was posthumously awarded with a special citation for “her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.”
The citation comes with a behest of $50,000. To whom this prize will go and for what was not published.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, who was awarded a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for her 1619 Project at the New York Times, was one of the founders of The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting in 2016, as a “news trade organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.”
You can gain more insight and history into the work of Ida B. Wells in this candid conversation between Dr. Greg Carr, head of the Africana Studies Department at Howard University and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter.