Philis Wheatley was a SLAVE though. NOT a servant and there is a difference. Let’s not falsify and sugarcoat the evil and brutal history of slavery, especially slavery of black people, as just a period of being servants. Philis was a SLAVE. Yes, her OWNERS taught her to read and write and treated her better than most other slaves were treated, but she was still paraded around like an exhibit and part of the reason she got so famous was because of the anomaly of a SLAVE being able to do what was ILLEGAL.
"Ida B. Wells began her crusade against the oppression of black people in 1884, when, at the age of sixteen, she sued the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad for evicting her from a first class car. A teacher and journalist, she began a one-woman anti-lynching campaign after a close friend was murdered. She traveled throughout England and later in the United States gaining support; got married; began the first clubs for black women in the US; started a reading room, shelter, and employment service for black men in Chicago; investigated race riots; and had six children."