EventsDocumentary: The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells

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Documentary: The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Woodson Regional


Join the Chicago Women's History Center and Chicago Public Library's Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection for a screening of the new documentary The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument To Ida B. Wells. A panel presentation with historian Michelle Duster (Ida B. Well's great-granddaughter) and filmmakers Laurie Little and Rana Segal will follow the screening.

The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells is a 60-minute documentary by Chicago Women's History Center board members and filmmakers, Rana Segal and Laurie Little with Executive Producer, Mary Ann Johnson. The film is about the creation of The Ida B. Wells National Monument by renowned Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt honoring civil rights activist, journalist and suffragist Ida B. Wells. The film weaves together Hunt’s life and fabrication of the monument with the story of Wells’ heroic fight for justice. The sculpture takes its name “The Light of Truth” from a quote by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” We learn what motivated her to become the woman who fought for truth and justice leading the way and shining the light for the rest of us to follow. It was unveiled in 2021 by The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee.

How to Attend
This event takes place in person. Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations. Questions about visiting the library? Check out our Using the Library FAQs.

Need sign language interpretation or other accessibility assistance for this event? Please call (312) 747-8184 or email to request accommodations. Requests must be made at least 14 business days before the event.

Image Credits:

- "The Light of Truth: Richard Hunt's Monument to Ida B. Wells" movie poster, courtesy of Laurie Little

- Logo, Chicago Women's History Center

Black History
Suitable for:
Adults: 18 and up
History and Genealogy

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