Balancing Personal and Professional Lives
Ida B. Wells met her match in Mr. Ferdinand Lee Barnett, a prominent attorney, activist, feminist, and fellow journalist, as publisher of The Conservator, the first African American newspaper in Chicago. Still, her career remained of the utmost importance; she even postponed their wedding three times in order to maintain her rigorous anti-lynching lecture schedule. Their marriage on June 27th, 1895 was front page news, and the actual event was covered by several newspapers for both black and white readers. The couple raised four children, while Wells continued to advocate for civil and women’s rights through her writing and public speaking.
Years later, Langston Hughes commented on the marriage and noted the mutual interests of the Barnetts,