Endorsements for the Creation of Ella Baker Day
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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Statement: The Ella Baker Center honors the legacy of Miss Ella Jo Baker by continuing her work of unlocking the power of people to make lasting social change. Miss Baker was a champion of the voices of disenfranchised people, youth, people of color and low-income communities. She is an un-sung hero of the civil rights movement who believed that we must all work for freedom and justice. The Ella Baker Center supports the creation of a day to honor Miss Baker's legacy. Center's Website here
Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, African American Studies, & History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Author of Ella Baker & The Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. Member of Ella's Daughers.org
Hunter Gray (John R. Salter, Jr.)
A long time community organizer and professor, I was privileged to personally know Ms. Baker quite well from the very early 1960s into the 1980s. I heard of her and her very significant and seminal roles in the Civil Rights Movement almost as soon as I joined the faculty at Tougaloo College in Mississippi in 1961. We were staff colleagues together in the activist Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) from 1963 to 1965 -- a major period in the Movement -- and I worked closely with her in 1966 and 1967 when I was involved in Southern grassroots anti-poverty organizing. I shall always remember my fine, long visit with her at her Harlem apartment in 1977. And I occasionally saw and remained in contact with her for some years thereafter.
At one point, late fall of 1963, we traveled together for several weeks in the Midwest and the Far West, building support for the Civil Rights Bill which, of course, became the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Ms. Ella Baker's splendid qualities were, of course, myriad -- among them: keen intellect, sharp insight, high courage, a strong commitment to the everyday needs of those "people of the fewest alternatives" and, simultaneously, an equally strong visionary sense of a much better world over the mountains yonder. She always -- always -- remained vigorously and vitally committed to the functional recognition of the great capabilities of grassroots people in achieving and maintaining a genuinely democratic and egalitarian society.
Wende E. Marshall - Author of Potent Mana: Lessons in Power and Healing
I met Ella Baker in New York City in 1981 at a student activist conference, but long before that she was a source of pride and inspiration. She exemplifies the spirit of struggle for humanity and dignity, and the spirit of community organizing. Ella Baker was a quiet mentor whose work inspired young people to take on the task of changing the world. For me, Ella Baker is the most significant leader to emerge from the Civil Rights Movement.
Ella Baker Day - The Chant
If you asked me a year ago who Ella Baker was, I would have said she was the Civil Rights activist I pretended to know, but did not. When my friends preached about her wisdom over community marches and coffee, I’d nod in agreement, but truthfully, I never read past her Wikipedia page...more
CCU Celebrates Ella Baker Day 2015
Coastal Carolina University will celebrate the 2015 “Ella Baker Day” on Wednesday, April 15, with poster presentations on Prince Lawn in the afternoon and speakers in the evening. The event is free and open to the public...more
CCU Celebrates Ella Baker Day 2014
Coastal Carolina University will celebrate the 2014 Ella Baker Day on Tuesday, April 15, honoring the civil rights activist Ella Baker. This event aims to foster greater discussion regarding participatory democracy, social justice and contemporary actions needed to create a more just and ethical society. All events are free and open to the public...more
Ella Baker Day Symposium at U.Va. To Celebrate 'Mother of Civil Rights' Movement
March 28, 2011 — A list of the titans of the Civil Rights Movement includes Thurgood Marshall, A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King Jr. But the list should include Ella Baker, an unsung heroine of the movement who worked closely, but quietly, with those titans over her long career... more
Local Charlottesville Newsplex
UVa Recognizes Former Civil Rights Activist, Ella Baker
UVA Cavalier Daily
Group hosts symposium: Event promotes larger campaign to establish Ella Baker Day in April
Graduate students organized a symposium last Friday to promote the campaign to designate April 15 as Ella Baker Day in Virginia.The symposium honored the legacy of Ella Baker, a Virginia native recognized as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as contributions of women of color at the state and national level...more
Virginia Public Radio
When Governor Bob McDonnell designated April as Confederate History Month, a student at the University of Virginia decided to make her own declaration to honor some of history’s little known heroes...more