Reprint: mar 26-apr 1, 2009there are numerous unsung heroes and heroines of the civil rights movement, and though not so unsung, ella baker was a powerful force of behind-the-scenes activismas backbone of the movement for over five decades, baker worked alongside some of the most renowned civil. Through their campaigns, the ella baker center strives for a brighter future where all people and communities can thrive as a member of team ella baker center, it is truly special for me to be able to bridge my love for running with my love for social justice. December 17, 1986, page 00018 the new york times archives ella baker, a major force behind the civil-rights movement of the 1950's and 60's, died saturday at her home in manhattan. Ella j baker: remember a life well lived by barbara ransby, wwprogressiveorg, 16 december 2003 today marks the 100th anniversary of ella josephine baker's birth.
Ella's voice welcome to the blog of the ella baker center for human rights this is where we share reflections from the movement to end mass incarceration and criminalization, analysis on criminal, economic, and racial justice issues, and updates on our work. Baker encouraged those who formed sncc to look beyond integration to broader social change and to view king's principle of nonviolence more as a political tactic than a way of life what was the. Ella baker was one of the great civil right leaders of the 20th century working alongside martin luther king jr , thurgood marshall and others, she helped make the united states more equal.
She worked to support sncc throughout its life and ws very close to ella baker her film about ella, fundi is still shown everywhere she was also a writer and wrote black protest , and the book about ella baker. The ella baker papers provide a snapshot of baker's life as an activist and visionary for a variety of progressive organizations in the united states, from the 1930s through the 1980s. Ella baker by brooke smith and leroy widgeon as a girl, baker listened to her grandmother tell stories about slave revolts as a slave, her grandmother had been whipped for not marrying a man chosen for her. To embed the entire object, paste this html in website to link to this page, paste this link in email, im or document to embed this page, paste this html in website baker--ella baker papers, 1959-1965 archives main stacks, sc 628. Baker later noted that only fifteen people were allowed to register that day (baker, report of the director to the executive board, 15 may 1959) for more on baker's activities in louisiana, see baker and r c thomas to registered voter, 14 march 1959, and baker to r c thomas, 21 march 1959.
In 1957, ella moved to atlanta to help dr martin luther king jr and bayard rustin organize the southern christian leadership conference (sclc) baker was put in charge of founding the atlanta office, and referred to herself as the social architect of the organization. The ella baker educational project of nc, inc, evolved from in-depth research regarding the life and times of ella baker initiated in 2003 by historian, florine bell, while studying the civil rights movement of the 1960s at north carolina state university. There would not have been a sncc without ella baker while serving as executive secretary for the southern christian leadership conference (sclc), she organized the founding conference of sncc, held at shaw university in raleigh, north carolina during the easter weekend of 1960. The crusade, baker agreed to remain with the fledgling sclc (ella baker, interview hyjohn britton, ig june 1968) 399 the martin luther king, jr papers project. Baker opens the interview with her own family's history she explains how important the church was to her family and to the life of her community, and she reflects on how that heritage affected her later social activism.
The main aim of barbara ransby in writing the book ella baker and the blackfreedom movement: a radical democratic vision is to accurately describe the life of such arelevant activist and feminist, and explain to the world why and how the things thatsurrounded ella bakers life had happened. Fundi: the story of ella baker reveals the instrumental role that ella baker, a friend and advisor to martin luther king, played in shaping the american civil rights movement. Ella j baker, bigger than a hamburger the student leadership conference made it crystal clear that current sit-ins and other demonstrations are concerned with something much bigger than a. Early years and education the roots of social activism: ella's early life ella josephine baker was born in 1903 to blake baker, a steamship waiter, and georgianna baker, a schoolteacher, as the second of three children. Ella josephine baker was born in norfolk, virginia on december 13, 1903, the second of three children of georgianna ross, a school teacher, health care worker and mid-wife and blake baker a waiter on.
Baker believed that the strength of an organization grew from the bottom up and not the top down she believed that the work of the branches was the life blood of the naacp ella baker martin. Ella josephine baker (december 13, 1903 - december 13, 1986) was an african-american civil rights and human rights activist she was a largely behind-the-scenes organizer whose career spanned more than five decades. In the new book we who believe in freedom: the life and times of ella baker (north carolina division of archives & history/2017), scholar lea e williams chronicles baker's life from her. Ella baker organizes a meeting at shaw university following the greensboro sit-ins, ella wanted to assist the new student activists because she viewed young, emerging activists as a resource and an asset to the movement.
Ella baker biography, life, interesting facts ella baker was born on december 18, 1903, in norfolk, virginia, usaher parents were georgiana and blake baker she also had three siblings.