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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.

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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.

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

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Maxine, February 2, 2010 (view all comments by Maxine)
Any discussion about Black History Month, and history of the Civil Rights movement of the 20th century in the US, is incomplete without mention of Ella Baker. From Ella Baker I learned about group centered leadership and the philosophy of SNCC (Studemt Non-violent Coordinating Committee). Rather than approach problems and decisions from a top-down perspective, she encouraged students to listen to the people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856161
Author:
Ransby, Barbara
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Civil Rights
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:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
History
Subject:
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
African American Studies
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:
Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Gender and American Culture
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.44x6.30x1.17 in. 1.56 lbs.

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"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.
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