Ella Josephine Baker. Painting by Robert Shetterly, Americans Who Tell the Truth.
In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed. It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you can change that system. That is easier said than done.
—Ella Baker (Dec. 13, 1903-Dec. 13, 1986)
Ella Baker was a civil rights and human rights activist beginning in the 1930s whose career spanned more than five decades. She was instrumental in the launch of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Read Baker’s profile and view more resources about SNCC on the Zinn Education Project website.