Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Google eBook)

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Apr 28, 2003 - Political Science - 496 pages
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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.

!--copy for pb reprint:BRBROne 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.BRBR--
  

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Review: Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

User Review  - Bryce Blilie - Goodreads

ELLA BAKER AND THE BLACK FREEDOM MOVEMENT NOVEMBER 22, 2013 What, exactly, was democratic about Baker and the many hundreds that she worked with? A democracy, as John Dewey says, is having faith in ... Read full review

Review: Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision

User Review  - Thomas Flowers - Goodreads

There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said in this list of reviews. I will say however, is on the importance Ella Baker played in sustaining the Civil Rights Movement down in Dixie. Baker's ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Norfolk Virginia and Littleton North Carolina 19031918
13
Shaw Academy and Shaw University 19181927
46
The Making of a Black Radical Activist and Intellectual
64
The NAACP National Office 19401946
105
Local Politics and Global Ideologies New York City in the 1950s
148
The Politics of Leadership in the Early Civil Rights Movement
170
Section of Photos
197
9 The Empowerment of an Indigenous Southern Black Leadership 19611964
273
Fighting for Freedom in the Belly of the Beast of Southern Racism
299
11 The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Radical Campaigns of the 1960s and 1970s
330
Ella Bakers Legacy
357
Ella Bakers Organizational Affiliations 19271986 A Partial List
375
Notes
377
Bibliography
425
Index
451

Shreveport Birmingham and the Southern Conference Education Fund
209
The Birth of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 19601961
239

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About the author (2003)

Barbara Ransby is professor of African American studies and history and director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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