Google has posted a doodle to remember Wells on her 153rd birthday. Wells was a renowned American journalist, an entrepreneur running a publication at a time when neither black people nor women had very many rights in the United States and a fearless leader who fought for the advancement of civil liberties.

The Google Doodle is in honor of her 153rd birthday.

Wells-Barnett was born in Mississippi in 1862, the oldest of eight children. Now, to mark the 150th anniversary of Wells’ birth in 2012, an effort is under way to build a sculpture to honor her legacy at the site of the housing development. When she refused and the conductor tried to forcibly move her, Wells-Barnett, in her words, said she “fastened her teeth on the back of his hand”.

Such sweetness was simply not her style. Soon a mob in Memphis proceeded to storm and destroy her printing press.

In 1894, while living in Chicago, she became a paid correspondent for the broadly distributed Daily Inter Ocean, and in 1895 she assumed full control of the Chicago Conservator. But it could not silence her; she was free to carry on from other, safer cities. She wrote prolifically and traveled to Europe where she lectured widely on civil liberties, which is why she was drawn with a suitcase by her side, Google said.

Wells died in 1931 in Chicago at the age of 68.