Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture) (Paperback)

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Ella Baker & the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby discussion Monday, December 12, 2022 at 7 PM

This is an organizers BIBLE, okay? What you think you know about the civil rights movement and who gets the credit is wrong if you don't know Ella Baker or if you think she was just somebody's secretary. We should have been taking Ella's lead this whole time - her rejection of cult of personality, her dedication to poor Black southerners at the center of struggle, her commitment to developing well-rounded organizers who understood the importance of collective action over individualism. What an incredible woman that you were not educated about! This book is a staple. It's required reading. 

— From Social Justice Book Group

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One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives.

A gifted grassroots organizer, Baker shunned the spotlight in favor of vital behind-the-scenes work that helped power the black freedom struggle. She was a national officer and key figure in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a prime mover in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Baker made a place for herself in predominantly male political circles that included W. E. B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King Jr., all the while maintaining relationships with a vibrant group of women, students, and activists both black and white.

In this deeply researched biography, Barbara Ransby chronicles Baker's long and rich political career as an organizer, an intellectual, and a teacher, from her early experiences in depression-era Harlem to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Ransby shows Baker to be a complex figure whose radical, democratic worldview, commitment to empowering the black poor, and emphasis on group-centered, grassroots leadership set her apart from most of her political contemporaries. Beyond documenting an extraordinary life, the book paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century.


One of the most important African American leaders of the twentieth century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned fifty years and touched thousands of lives. In this deeply researched biography, Barbara Ransby chronicles Baker's long and rich political career as an organizer, an intellectual, and a teacher, from her early experiences in depression-era Harlem to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Ransby paints a vivid picture of the African American fight for justice and its intersections with other progressive struggles worldwide across the twentieth century.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780807856161
ISBN-10: 0807856169
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: February 28th, 2005
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Gender and American Culture