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Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision / Edition 1
     

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision / Edition 1

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by Barbara Ransby
 

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ISBN-10: 0807856169

ISBN-13: 9780807856161

Pub. Date: 02/28/2005

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

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

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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. DuBois, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807856161
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
168,022
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1. Now, Who Are Your People?: Norfolk, Virginia, and Littleton, North Carolina, 1903-1918

Chapter 2. A Reluctant Rebel and an Exceptional Student: Shaw Academy and Shaw University, 1918-1927

Chapter 3. Harlem during the 1930s: The Making of a Black Radical Activist and Intellectual

Chapter 4. Fighting Her Own Wars: The NAACP National Office, 1940-1947

Chapter 5. Cops, Schools, and Communism: Local Politics and Global Ideologies--New York City in the 1950s

Chapter 6. The Preacher and the Organizer: The Politics of Leadership in the Early Civil Rights Movement

Chapter 7. New Battlefields and New Allies: Shreveport, Birmingham, and the Southern Conference Education Fund

Chapter 8. Mentoring a New Generation of Activists: The Birth of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1960-1961

Chapter 9. The Empowerment of an Indigenous Southern Black Leadership, 1961-1964

Chapter 10. Mississippi Goddamn: Fighting for Freedom in the Belly of the Beast of Southern Racism Chapter 11. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Radical Campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s Chapter 12. A Freirian Teacher, a Gramscian Intellectual, and a Radical Humanist: Ella Baker's Legacy Appendix. Ella Baker's Political Affiliations, 1927-1986
Notes Bibliography Index

Illustrations
Ella Baker and Myles Horton, ca. 1960
Ella Baker, Jackie Brockington, and Carolyn Brockington, 1985
Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Stokely Carmichael, and others, 1964
Ella Baker in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1964
Ella Baker smiling, 1962
Ella Baker in her Harlem apartment, 1984
Ella Baker with NAACP colleagues, September 1945
Ella Baker, ca. 1942
Ella Baker in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964
Ella Baker in The Crisis magazine, 1931
Ella Baker with David Dellinger and Marilyn Clement, 1980
Ella Baker in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1959
Ella Baker at NAACP fair, 1950s Ella Baker at Angela Davis rally, 1972
Ella Baker singing at SCEF luncheon, 1970s Ella Baker with William Kunstler and Marilyn Clement, 1980

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Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Gender and American Culture Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is an excellent book. It opens your eyes and gives you the experience as if you lived through the civil rights movement. I gained so much respect and understanding of the civil rights fighters of that time.