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FC: Ella Josephine Baker | By: Jordan Sportsman
1: Early Life | Ella Baker was born on December 13, 1903. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia and was raised by her parents, Georgiana and Blake Baker. | When Ella was nine, her family moved to North Carolina. Ella was very close to her grandma, who told her stories about slave revolts, and when she had been enslaved.
2: Schooling | Ella attended Shaw University in North Carolina. She graduated as valedictorian in 1927 when she was 24. After she graduated, she moved to New York City.
3: Career | After moving to New York, Ella was an editorial staff member of the American West Indian News, and was going to take the position of editorial assistant at the Negro National News soon afterwards. Ella then joined a Young Negroes' Cooperative League in 1931, and became the groups national director. | Ella was also a part of the Workers Education Project, where she taught several courses, including consumer education and labor history.
4: Ella's father's name was Blake Baker, and her mothers was Georgiana. Ella did marry, and she lived with her college sweetheart, T.J. Roberts, although most people did not know she had ever married. Their work schedules often kept apart, and they finally divorced in 1958. Ella had no children.
5: Accomplishments | Ella protested Italy's invasion of Ethiopia, as well and supported the campaign to free the Scottsboro defendants in Alabama, a group of young black men accused of raping two white women. | Ella also founded several clubs, including the Negro History Club. | She was also a major part in many organizations, including NAACP (1938-1953), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960-1966).
6: Give light and people will find a way ~Ella Baker
7: Biggest Accomplishment | Baker's biggest accomplishment was in 1957. Baker and several Southern black ministers and activists established the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a major force in organizing the civil rights movement. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as the group's first president and Baker as the director. She mainly worked behind the scenes, while King assumed the role as spokesman. Baker left the group in 1960.
8: Reasons | Ella strongly believed in equal rights for African Americans. She aimed for black and white people to work together for social justice. She was also an outspoken woman with a strong belief in egalitarian ideals.
9: IN MEMORY OF Ella Josephine Baker 1903-1986 A strong woman who believed everyone was equal. | Epitaph