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"Splendid biography . . . a precious contribution to the growing to be physique of literature at the severe roles of ladies in civil rights."--Joyce A. Ladner, The Washington put up booklet World

"The definitive biography of Ella Baker, a strength in the back of the civil rights circulate and virtually each social justice stream of this century."--Gloria Steinem

"This ebook may be obtained with plaudits for its empathy, insightfulness, and gendered narration of an astonishingly ignored lifestyles that was once pivotal within the pursuit of yankee justice and humanity."--David Levering Lewis Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of W. E. B. Du Bois

"Pathbreaking. by way of illuminating the little-known tale of ways profoundly Ella Baker encouraged the main radical activists of the period, Grant's swish portrayal finds pass over Baker's transformative effect on fresh history."--Kathleen Cleaver

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And I can see little Miss Ella sitting up there in the pulpit with her feet sticking out to face the congregation. And Mama, horrified! Mama Baker. Straight and tall and no-nonsense. She is strict and upright. Not without love, but without a show of emotion. There were certain standards. Of elocution, of behavior, of sharing, of caring. But letting a child sit in the visiting minister’s seat was unconscionable. Yet Grandpa’s choice was what held. It could not be challenged, even by Mama. Mama accepted that defeat.

Lecture in Norfolk. “13 This impelled her to make certain that her talks had content, were tailored to her audience, and were not simply rhetoric. While her early speeches have not been preserved, enough of her later addresses indicate that she was true to her resolve to maintain a high content level. In her early years the church was her platform. There were missionary unions in most counties, and Anna Baker, who was active on the circuit, often took Ella along. In 1924, they both spoke at the Women’s Union State Convention of North Carolina in Ayden.

8 The incident with the white youngster on the streets of Norfolk was not the first time that she had exhibited her feistiness, and it most certainly was not the last: Shortly after the family’s return to North Carolina the sheriff’s son called her a nigger. She chased him through the yard and “rocked” him. “I got some rocks and started throwing [them] at him. 9 The family moved to Littleton, North Carolina, in 1910 and settled in a house on East End Avenue. Anna was the grand dame of the neighborhood and dispensed her largesse.

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