A Moment in Time: Black History Edition

ELLABAKER

“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.

Accolades:

  • 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
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