Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Gala 2016

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Gala 2016

  • Kelvin Buck, mayor of Holly Springs, and guests from Providence M.B. Church

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

Loretha Cole

Direct Insurance

Holly Springs Cowboys

There Lounge

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Family

Mt. Gillie Community Church

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Rev. Joseph Stone

The University of Mississippi

Rose Wooten