Ida B. Wells-Barnett celebration this weekend

BY SHEENA BARNETT
Daily Journal

HOLLY SPRINGS – Performances, art, music and education all will be a part of the 18th annual Ida B. Wells-Barnett Birthday Celebration this weekend.

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum in Holly Springs will honor the trailblazing journalist, teacher and civil rights leader, commemorating her 152nd birthday with a three-day celebration.

The weekend begins at 11 a.m. Friday with an opening ceremony at the Eddie Smith Multipurpose Center with Mayor Kelvin O. Buck and an exhibit by Tupelo artist Bill Clifton.

The documentaries “Passion for Justice” and “Many Rivers to Cross” will be screened.

Lunch will be served at noon, with gospel music by Gatewood Hudsonville.

“We’ll also have various youth activities, and youth groups showcasing their talents,” said Kimberly Fletcher, who’s helping with the event.

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is working with the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for tours on Saturday.

Those who’d like to tour the Memphis museum will depart from Holly Springs at 8 a.m. Saturday for a tour that day. The Memphis trip also includes a visit to Zion Cemetery and lunch at Four Way. The Memphis trip is $45 and includes admission to the museum.

The Ida B. Wells Anniversary Banquet is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rust College. It will include a one-woman performance by Safiya Bandele, who will present a monologue based on Wells-Barnett’s life.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The weekend concludes Sunday with a breakfast fellowship at Asbury United Methodist Church at 8:30 a.m. The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum will be open during the celebrations for tours.

“We’d love for everybody to come out and attend,” Fletcher said.

For more information, call (662) 252-3232.