Stephanie Garrett reading a speech by Ida B. Wells
IDA B. WELLS: 1909 Speech for the NAACP
Read by Stephanie GarrettTechnical Assistance Gayle Stahlhuth, Lee OConnor and James Rana
Premieres on Monday, January 29 at 8:00PM on ELTC’s YouTube Channel and is available anytime through Sunday, February 28 at 11:59PM
East Lynne Theater Company presents Stephanie Garrett reading a speech by Ida B. Wells (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), “Lynching, Our National Crime,” which was filmed at the Cape May Presbyterian Church in Cape May, NJ. Wells delivered this speech at the National Negro Conference (forerunner to the NAACP) in New York City in the spring of 1909. Her work began in the early 1890s, and by 1909, she was the most prominent anti-lynching campaigner in the United States. She received the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 2020 for her outstanding and courageous reporting. This award is posthumous, but timely. The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 to uplift “excellence in journalism.” Based on her investigations, she wrote that “ten thousand Negroes have been killed in cold blood (through lynching) without the formality of judicial trial and legal execution.” Direct link for viewing on ELTC’s YouTube Channel is https://tinyurl.com/ELTC-IDABWELLS.
Stephanie Garrett is a popular reader for East Lynne Theater Company’s "Tales of the Victorians" and her ELTC productions include "Lost on the Natchez Trace," “Rain,” and the recent virtual, “Yuletide Tales.” Over fifteen years ago, as a volunteer at Historic Cold Spring Village, a nonprofit organization in Cape May, NJ, she became a storyteller, specializing in early 19th Century Cape May County African American History. Garrett has a BA and MA in Sociology and worked as a Sociologist and Human Resources Manager during her career in Federal Government. Upon early retirement she received the Meritorious Service Award, the highest award given by the Department of Navy to a civilian employee.
This video is available for free through Sunday, February 28 at 11:59 PM, however, consider making a donation to the NAACP. For information about the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) visit https://naacp.org/ For information about the local NAACP chapter in Cape May County visit https://www.facebook.com/cmcnaacp/