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“Strong People Don’t Need Strong Leaders,” a quote from Ella Baker.

by Rebecca from Boca Raton

Ella Baker worked with many of famous people, like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Junior for civil rights of all people. She traveled all over many countries to make speeches about human rights. Ella Baker was committed to making sure that all people were treated equally.

Ella Baker(African American Registry. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2010. )

Baker was a granddaughter of a slave who got beaten by her master for not marrying a man her master wanted her to. Ella  was born on December 13, 1903. The place she was born in was Norfolk, Virginia. She died on December 13, 1986, on her birthday at age 83 in New York City. She was a strong, independent African American woman. Part of her career was her joining the NAACP staff. She became the field secretary and director of branches for NAACP. NAACP is acronym for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Ella Baker is outside giving a speech (anarkismo.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2010.

She graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She became part of the Harlem Renaissance in the mid to late 1920s. Then she continued more of her work with the NAACP in the 1930s. In the late 1930s she quit the NAACP and then she was a leader of the cooperative movement and helped in demonstrations against colonialism. Then in 1938, she rejoined the NAACP’s staff. While she was working for them, she spent most of her time in the South to build houses. Then in the 1950s, she spent some of her time in Atlanta and New York. When she was up there, she was fighting against police violently and fighting for school segregation to end.

Ella Baker is speaking during an interview. (Burning Cane. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2010.

Baker will risk her life for others because she believed in justice and equality. Risking your life for others is the most ultimate sacrifice of all time. She worked with some of the most famous leaders of the 20th century. She also taught young children civil rights and human rights. She also taught Rosa Parks to stand up for her rights and the rights of all people.

Ella Baker is giving a speech about rights for all people (

She provided leadership in a time when blacks were treated unfairly and needed to be reminded that they were just as equal as anybody else. In 1957 she moved to Atlanta where she helped organize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also known as SCLC. SCLC is a group that is a voter registration campaign. She served two terms as SCLC’s executive director of human rights. On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a lunch counter where they had been denied service. Ella Baker left the SCLC and organized a meeting for the students from North Carolina A&T University who refused to leave. The meeting was held on April 1960, at Shaw University. With the help of Ella Baker and the students they organized a group called the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, also known as SNCC. This group helped to register black voters. Then in 1964, she helped organize a civil rights group called the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Ella Baker worked with civil rights now famous movement individuals such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. She traveled all around the world to stand up for what she believed in. she was strong-hearted and very independent. She made many people African Americans and non African Americans see all people equal. She helped organize many groups who supported equal rights for blacks. She was not afraid to be killed for what was right. People like her, can make the world a wonderful place. Imagine that!

Written by Rebecca from Boca Raton
Last changed on: 9/16/2015 9:32:38 PM

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