If the only way you plan to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this week is to silently thank him for the day off on Monday, you can make amends on Wednesday night by learning more about an equally important civil rights leader, Ida B. Wells, who exposed the brutality of lynching through her reporting for The Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, a newspaper she co-owned in the 1890s. Paula J. Giddings, Smith College professor and the author of the award-winning biography, Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, will be speaking about this fearless journalist and activist at Brooklyn Historical Society from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The event, part of its History Makers series, is $5 or free for members.