Item description for Freedom Cannot Rest: Ella Baker And The Civil Rights Movement (Portraits of Black Americans) by Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon...
Overview Presents the life and accomplishments of the equality activist who advised the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which influenced the sit-in movement of the early 1960s.
From The Book Jacket Over the course of her life, Ella Baker helped found scores of organizations, campaigns, and coalitions dedicated to the fight for civil rights. Born in 1903, less than forty years after the end of the Civil War, she grew up in a close-knit family that instilled in her strong values and beliefs about equality. Baker moved to New York City during the height of the Harlem Renaissance and quickly became involved with organizations seeking civil rights for all Americans. Though she distrusted their top-down leadership styles, she worked closely with the NAACP and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which she helped found. From Selma to Birmingham to Washington, D.C., Baker worked tirelessly behind the scenes to raise money and awareness. A frank speaker, Baker clashed with other leaders, including King. She found a home advising the Student Nonviolent Coordinating committee, which nurtured the sit-in movement of the early 1960s. As the times changed and the movement became increasingly radical, Baker maintained a commitment to nonviolent direct action and continued to speak up for universal justice and equality. Her life's story parallels that of the civil rights movement, illustrating the adage that one person can make a difference. Freedom Cannot Rest: Ella Baker and the Civil Rights Movement brings alive some of the most turbulent and dramatic years in our nation's history.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Aug 30, 2005
Publisher Morgan Reynolds Publishing
ISBN 1931798710 ISBN13 9781931798716
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More About Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon
Bohannon is a writer of biographies.
Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon currently resides in the state of California.
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Compelling biography Dec 21, 2005
As with most women in the Civil Right's Movement, the work of Ella Baker has been largely overlooked. Yet she worked tirelessly behind the scenes organizing, raising money, and raising awareness. She often traveled alone, which was dangerous for any woman in the early part of the 20th Century, and especially so for a black woman. She worked closely with mainstream organizations such as NAACP and the SCLC, but distrusted their topdown leadership style and often clashed with that leadership. She believed in group-centered leadership, and cultivated that approach as an advisor to youth organizations such as SNCC.
This book is clearly written and amply illustrated with period photos and artwork. In addition to being a compelling biography of Ella Baker, it also provides a concise overview of the Civil Rights Movement, particularly with regard to the various approaches and factions within the movement. It's about time that the women's voices of that era are heard, and this latest title from Morgan Reynolds' "Portraits of Black Americans" series is a great place to begin.