By Joanne Grant
Compliment for ELLA BAKER
"Splendid biography . . . a beneficial contribution to the transforming into physique of literature at the severe roles of ladies in civil rights."--Joyce A. Ladner, The Washington submit ebook World
"The definitive biography of Ella Baker, a strength at the back of the civil rights stream and virtually each social justice circulation of this century."--Gloria Steinem
"This e-book should be acquired with plaudits for its empathy, insightfulness, and gendered narration of an astonishingly missed existence that was once pivotal within the pursuit of yank justice and humanity."--David Levering Lewis Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of W. E. B. Du Bois
"Pathbreaking. by means of illuminating the little-known tale of ways profoundly Ella Baker encouraged the main radical activists of the period, Grant's sleek portrayal finds leave out Baker's transformative impression on fresh history."--Kathleen Cleaver
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20 By now Ella had definitely decided against becoming a teacher. Teaching was an easy way out. In the first place it was expected of a Negro female college graduate, and this went against the grain for her. In the second place, she felt from her experience with teachers that they always shied away from confrontation if their jobs were at stake. , in June of 1927 she entered the exciting atmosphere of the Harlem Renaissance. Here came a 24-yearold free spirit who had blasted into the new New York to pursue whatever came her way.
Gone were the days of jazz, blues, conviviality, singing and dancing, cavorting, and spending. The Depression brought an end to the great cultural upsurge of the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes wrote: “That was really the end of the gay times of the New Negro era in Harlem, the period that had begun to reach its end when the crash came in 1929 and the white people had much less money to spend on themselves, and practically none to spend on Negroes, for the depression brought everybody down a peg or two.
But Baker also created or worked with uncelebrated groups, most of them small, which provided financial and political support or the intellectual underpinning for the larger, more familiar movements or organizations. Her circle of collaborators was enormous, a virtual who’s who of civil rights history and progressive politics. Through it all, as Joanne Grant reminds us, Baker sought to help ordinary people rise to extraordinary heights and to make their own decisions. She had mixed success. Inside the NAACP, Baker was never able to convince the New York headquarters to listen to the voices of members in the field.
Ella Baker: Freedom Bound by Joanne Grant