The Life of Ella Baker

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In History
  • Ella Josephine Baker is Born in Norfolk, Virgina.

    Ella Josephine Baker is Born in Norfolk, Virgina.
    Raised by Georgiana and Blake Baker, her parents.
  • Ella Baker moves to Littleton, North Carolina

    Ella Baker moves to Littleton, North Carolina
    When she was 7 years old, Ella moved to Littleton, North Carolina, her mother's hometown.
  • Ella Baker graduates from Shaw University

    Ella Baker graduates from Shaw University
    After graduating in 1927 as class valedictorian, she moved to New York City and began joining social activist organizations.
  • Ella Baker joins the Young Negroes Cooperative League

    The purpose of the YNCL was to develop black economic power through collective planning.
  • Ella Baker begins her involvement with the NAACP

    Ella Baker begins her involvement with the NAACP
  • Ella Baker's First Career

    She worked as a field secretary and then served as director of branches from 1943 until 1946.
  • Ella Baker co-founded the organization In Friendship

    Ella Baker co-founded the organization In Friendship
    This organization was created to raise money to fight against Jim Crow Laws in the South.
  • Ella Baker moves to Atlanta

    Ella Baker moves to Atlanta
    Ella moves to Atlanta to help organize Martin Luther King's new organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
  • Ella Baker organizes a meeting at Shaw University

    Following the Greensboro sit-ins, Ella wanted to assist the new student activists because she viewed young, emerging activists as a resource and an asset to the movement.
  • Freedom Rides are established

    Freedom Rides are established
    Adopting the Gandhian theory of nonviolent direct action, SNCC members joined with activists from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to organize the 1961 Freedom Rides.
  • SNCC helped create Freedom Summer

    SNCC helped create Freedom Summer
    Also known as the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which attempted to focus national attention on Mississippi’s racism to register black voters.
  • Ella Baker's Death

    Ella Baker's Death
    Her legacy continued to live on even after her death on December 13, 1986, age 83.
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    The Life of Ella Baker

    This timeline will follow the life of Ella Baker, an African American Civil Rights Activist, and her accomplishments and events that occurred throughout her time being alive.