The Chicago Red Stars announced that they are formally renaming Press Row at SeatGeek Stadium in honor and memory of Ida B. Wells.
According to the National Women's History Museum's website, Wells "was a prominent journalist, activist and researcher in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In her lifetime, she battled sexism, racism and violence. As a skilled writer, Wells-Barnett also used her skills as a journalist to shed light on the conditions of African Americans throughout the South."
Wells lived 1862-1931, spending many of her years in Chicago.
To mark the occasion and to cap off Black History Month, the club will host a virtual celebration on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. CT. The evening will include a conversation with Black female storytellers, influencers and change-makers Arielle Chambers and Niema Dancy, moderated by Chicago Red Stars defender Sarah Gorden. The evening will conclude with a performance by storyteller Aisha Truss-Miller.
People can RSVP at www.chicagoredstars.com/ida-b-wells-celebration .