Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Gala 2016
The 20th annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Gala was held Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, to celebrate what would have been her 154th birthday. Wells-Barnett was born in Holly Springs on July 16, 1862. Approximately 300 guests gathered with Wells-Barnett’s descendants at the Shaw Cafeteria on the campus of Rust College to celebrate the life and legacy of the historic pioneer for racial and gender equality.
Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, assistant professor of history and of African-American studies at the University of Mississippi, was the speaker. The event was hosted by the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum.
Entertainment was provided by:
Cheri Power Page
Wilkins Chapel CME Church &
Mirrors’ Studio, Byhalia, Mississippi
Kenya Stockard (Director)
Providence M.B. Church
Sponsors of the event included:
Aunt B’s Soul Food Restaurant
Thomas E. Woods, Owner, Tupelo, Mississippi
Dr. David Beckley
Holly Springs Cowboys
Ida B. Wells-Barnett Family
Mt. Gillie Community Church
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Rev. Joseph Stone
The University of Mississippi