Honoring Black History Month with Ella Baker

By Shervy Thao

Ella Baker is considered to be one of the most influential human rights and civil right activists

for African Americans in US history. She fought for economic and social equality for

African Americans. One of her strengths was being able to organize groups. She

was involved with National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

(NAACP) for 20 years and co-founded both Student Non-Violent Coordinating

Committee (SNCC) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). On behalf

of Black History month, we are profiling her body of work and the major influence

she had in society.


In the 1930’s, Ella Baker joined Young Negroes Cooperative

League, which fought for economic justice for all. She worked with the NAACP as a

secretary and travelled throughout the South recruiting, fundraising, and organizing local

groups. She then formed SNCC to give black women the right to vote. It was Ms.

Baker’s life long goal to fight for equality and justice for all people.

Ella Baker was able to impart so much change in society because of her deep-rooted

passion for human rights and endless volunteer work.



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