Ella Baker sho was also known as the “Mother of the civil rights movement” was an influential civil rights activist of the 1950’s and 60s.
Ella Baker was born in 1903 in Norfolk Virginia and was raised in Littleton North Carolina. She was the daughter of Georgiana and Blake Baker and had three siblings. As a kid, her grandmother who was a former slave would tell her about what life as a slave was like, Ella always took interest in these stories and helping suffering people.
Ella was a strong and intelligent student and was class valedictorian in 1927 at Shaw University in Raleigh. Even when she was young, she always was very passionate about equality and peace. At her school, she would challenge the school’s dresscode, methods of teaching religion, and racist policies.
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Ella Baker was standing up for racial equality and justice, civil rights, and non-violence .
One of the many ways Ella Baker contributed to the civil rights movement was that she helped organize the Southern Christian leadership Conference (SCLC) along side Martin Luther King. She was the interim executive director of the SCLC.