In the beginning of it, she discusses her accomplishments as an advertising agent, solicitor, editor/part owner of Memphis Free Speech, in addition to being involved in the NAACP. Wells-Barrett expressed that at the time, in Memphis, they had never had a lynching and did not believe one would occur because they put much of their confidence and pride into the city, as well as the majesty of their laws.
Suddenly, there was a rude awakening on a fateful morning, specifically the morning of March 9th, 1892, when three melanated men were found horribly shot to pieces in an old field. The men were arrested for allegedly shooting two police officers and starting a riot. The men never received a hearing for this case, rather they were immediately thrown in jail and soon afterward they were lynched.
Wells-Barrett spoke further to the injustice melanated people face in United States and about how there was nil protection laws for the melananted (e.g., repeated attacks on the life, liberty and happiness of Afro-Americans as citizens). Wells-Barrett ended her speech with a thought that one day every member of this composite nation will come together and sing: "My country! 'tis of thee."