If you’re anywhere near Baltimore, MD, I highly recommend a trip to the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to see the Freedom’s Sisters exhibit, opening October 23rd. It’s simple but powerful, and the photo booth at the end, where you can add your own page to the story, is a nice touch. For the next few weeks I’m going to mention these special women, in the order they appear in the exhibit, and hopefully you’ll want to learn more about each one.
First, Ella Jo Baker, an activist from way back (she was born in 1903), co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. Although she was raised in North Carolina, she was born in Virginia, so I’m claiming her. :o) She worked tirelessly and peacefully for equality and justice. The quote in the exhibit, “Every time I see a young person who identifies with the struggle of black people . . . I take new hope,” is beautiful, but I love this one, too: “Give light and people will find the way.”
If you’d like to learn more about this smart, tough, principled woman, try the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which carries on her legacy by working for social and economic justice, or read ELLA BAKER: FREEDOM BOUND by Joanne Grant.