The year before, the Supreme Court had ruled against the federal Civil Rights Act of 1875 (which had banned racial discrimination in public accommodations).This verdict supported railroad companies that chose to racially segregate their passengers.He also attended public speeches and campaigned for local black candidates but never ran for office himself.
She went to work and kept the rest of the family intact with the help of her grandmother.
She moved with some of her siblings to Memphis, Tennessee where she found better pay for teachers.
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This discrimination made her more interested in the politics of race and improving the education of black people.
In 1883, Wells took three of her younger siblings to Memphis, Tennessee, to live with her aunt and to be closer to other family members.
She was active in women's rights and the women's suffrage movement, establishing several notable women's organizations.
Wells was a skilled and persuasive rhetorician and traveled internationally on lecture tours.
She also learned that she could earn higher wages there as a teacher than in Mississippi.