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Day 17: Ella Baker’s legacy of grassroots activism is cemented in history

28 Days of Black History

 

There were plenty of black women in the background and at the forefront of movements throughout history. Ella Baker is among women who made a mark as an advocate of group-based activism, rather than a central-focused one.

She was involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP. After black college students organized a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960, she facilitated a meeting that would eventually become the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

SNCC was a part of the famous Freedom Rides to fight segregation on interstate bus travel and organized black voter registration in the South.

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