In 1906, Wells joined scholar William E.B. DuBois and others to further the Niagara Movement. The Niagara Movement was named for the “mighty current” of change the group wanted to see take place in American society.
Niagara Falls, New York, was where the first meeting took place in July 1905. Wells was one of two African-American women to help form the NAACP in 1909.
Wells’ legacy lives on at The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The purpose of the museum is to inspire and enrich the lives of Mississippians, sharing with them the contributions of Africans and African-Americans in the fields of history, art and culture in the United States and worldwide.