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Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture)

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One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives.

A gifted grassroots organizer, Baker shunned the spotlight in favor of vital behind-the-scenes work that helped power the black freedom struggle. She was a national officer and key figure in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a prime mover in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Baker made a place for herself in predominantly male political circles that included W. E. B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr., all the while maintaining relationships with a vibrant group of women, students, and activists both black and white.

In this deeply researched biography, Barbara Ransby chronicles Baker's long and rich political career as an organizer, an intellectual, and a teacher, from her early experiences in depression-era Harlem to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Ransby shows Baker to be a complex figure whose radical, democratic worldview, commitment to empowering the black poor, and emphasis on group-centered, grassroots leadership set her apart from most of her political contemporaries. Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

An award-winning biography of Ella Baker (1903-1986), one of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement. Baker was a gifted grassroots organizer whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. She was a key figure in the NAACP, a founder of the SCLC, and a prime mover in the creation of SNCC.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-450) and index.

About the Author

Barbara Ransby is associate professor of African American studies and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807827789
Subtitle:
A Radical Democratic Vision
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Ransby, Barbara
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
African American women civil rights workers
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
W. E. B. Du Bois; A. Philip Randolph; Thurgood Marshall; Martin Luther King Jr.; Ruby Hurley; Lucille Black; Pauli Murray; NAACP; Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); civil rights
Subject:
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
W.E.B. Du Bois
Subject:
A. Philip Randolph
Subject:
Thurgood Marshall
Subject:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Subject:
Ruby Hurley
Subject:
Lucille Black
Subject:
Pauli Murray
Subject:
NAACP
Subject:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Subject:
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Martin Luther King J
Subject:
R
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Series Volume:
107-590
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture)
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Product details 496 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807827789 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning biography of Ella Baker (1903-1986), one of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement. Baker was a gifted grassroots organizer whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. She was a key figure in the NAACP, a founder of the SCLC, and a prime mover in the creation of SNCC.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-450) and index.
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