For Ida B.
Yesterday I sat in a Baltimore restaurant called Ida B.’s Table eating Southern-inspired shrimp and grits in a Creole cream sauce. It’s a new Black-owned spot near the Inner Harbor and when I heard the name I was immediately elated thinking about the late and often forgotten Ida B. Wells. Call me dramatic, but when I go to places built in honor of those who paved a way for us (like Busboys and Poets, or the now closed Eatonville), I can’t help but think about what it means t