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WHEREAS, Ms. Ella Jo Baker, 1903-1986, lived much of her life in Harlem and served both this great nation and New York as a leader, educator, and activist on behalf of underprivileged communities; and
WHEREAS, Baker was the granddaughter of enslaved Africans; and
WHEREAS, Baker strongly advocated that the common (wo)man, not solely recognized leaders, are the backbone of this country; and
WHEREAS, Baker is a model for working across party lines and ideological differences to build strong, effective coalitions; and
WHEREAS, Baker dedicated her life to serving those less fortunate by participating in a broad base of organizations including but not limited to the American Federation of Labor, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the New York Public Library, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Voter Education Project; and
WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service honored Baker with a postage stamp as part of a special issue commemorating Civil Rights Pioneers; and
WHEREAS, numerous historical and other scholarly texts have documented Baker's lifelong participation in social movements; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize Ms. Ella Jo Baker as one of our nation’s greatest unsung heroes, as loved and appreciated by all those who had the opportunity to work alongside her, as an eternal believer in the potential, dignity, and importance of all people, and as an honorable and dedicated citizen; and
WHEREAS, April 16th marks the weekend that Ella Baker helped the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) come to fruition;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the residents of New York, do suggest the recognition of April 16 as Ella Baker Day in New York and call the attention of all our citizens.
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