“You start where the people are…”- Ella Baker
::December 13, 1903 ~ December 13, 1986::
Ella Baker was a gifted organizer that inspired students, activists and church leaders to work together. A Shaw University graduate, Baker was a key component in the struggle for civil rights, and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to establish the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The SCLC played a major role in organizing renowned protests for the March on Washington, Selma Voting Rights Movement and more. The NCAAP also credits Baker with much of their success from the 1930s-1950s; in addition, her powerful non-violent influence, motivated democracy and peace amongst the masses.
- NAACP (1938-1953) held positions of Secretary, Director of Branches,
- Ran for New York City Council (1953)
- Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC; 1957-1960) held position of volunteer, Executive Director
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC; 1960-1966) adult advisor, commonly referred to as the “Brain Child” & The Godmother of SNCC