Today is the birthday of the great Civil Rights activist, Ella Baker. She is probably best known as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which helped young African Americans, including women and the poor, achieve a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement.
She is remembered in Sweet Honey in the Rock´s Bernice Reagon Johnson´s "Ella´s Song".
Coincidentally, AWTT founder and artist Robert Shetterly is meeting with Bernice Reagon Johnson today and will paint her portrait to include in the AWTT series.
Read more about Ella Baker at on the Zinn Ed website.