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ELLA JOSEPHINE BAKER

December 13, 1903 to December 13, 1986

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Her activism included joining the NAACP to work on school desegregation and police brutality issues. She served two and a half years at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta before returning to the campus of Shaw University to organize college students for SNCC, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee with a focus on voter registration. There are several books about her but the one entitled, Ella Baker, Freedom Bound by Joanne Grant was made into the documentary, “Fundi”, the Ella Baker Story. Her legacy continues at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights located in Oakland, California and at The Ella Baker School in Manhattan, N.Y. She is remembered in her hometown with the designation of the Historic Highway Marker and recognition of April 15th as Ella Baker Day.

Ella’s Words

“I didn’t break the rules, but I challenged the rules.”

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“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. This means that we are going to have to learn to think in radical terms. I use the term radical in its original meaning- getting down and understanding the root cause. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.”

Ella Baker 1964

The above quote from Ms. Baker is a call to action to anyone willing to do the work to effect change in addressing social injustices in our society. The Ella Baker Honors Award is given to individuals for their enduring courage and leadership in the struggle for a more perfect union.  A uniquely designed award has been made to honor the memory of Ms. Baker and serves to encourage .

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