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Baker, Ella Jo

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1986 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Activists


African American Civil Rights activist.


1903 - Born on the 13th of December in Norfolk, Virginia.


1927 - Attended Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.


1929-1930 - Editorial staff member of the American West Indian News, going on to take the position of editorial assistant at the Negro National News.


1930 - Involved in consumer advocacy, joining the Young Negroes' Cooperative League consumer cooperative and became the group's national director.


1938 - Began her long association with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as a field organizer.


1943 - She became NAACP Director of branches.


1946 - Returned to New York City to care for her niece.


1952 - She joined the New York branch of the NAACP to work on school desegregation, and became its President.


1960 - Persuaded the SCLC to invite southern university students to the Southwide Youth Leadership Conference at Shaw University on Easter weekend.


          -  At this meeting the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was formed.


1962-1967 - Worked on the staff of the Southern Conference Education Fund (SCEF), which aimed to help black and white people work together.


1964 - Helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) as an alternative to the regular Democratic Party in Mississippi.


1986 - Ella Jo died on 13th of December at the age of 83.





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