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Ella Josephine Baker, a dynamic civil rights leader & activist

Today we want to recognize Ella Josephine Baker, a dynamic civil rights leader & activist.

Ella was an African American, civil rights and human rights activist. She was an unsung hero of sorts because she was largely a behind-the-scenes organizer whose career spanned more than five decades.

Ella was born in 1903 in Northfolk, VA.  From 1940 to 1946 she worked with the NAACP, where she started as a field secretary. She later served as a director to many branches. In 1957 she moved to Atlanta to help Martin Luther King’s organization. In 1960, Ella organized a sit-in for Shaw University Student Leaders. She viewed the young, emerging activists as a resource and an asset to the movement. From that meeting, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — SNCC — was born.

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WOWFED understands the importance of acknowledging and cherishing the women and men who have paved the way for us, and the ones who are still in the trenches. So we are embarking on a campaign to highlight those individuals.



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