Born here in Norfolk near this site, Ella Josephine Baker became one of the most prominent figures in the Civil Rights movement. In 1941, she was hired as secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She traveled the South recruiting members, raising money, and organizing local campaigns. Baker later worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizing voter registration campaigns and working primarily with the youth. Highly respected as an adult advisor, she played a significant role in the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee through which she coordinated the region-wide freedom rides of 1961.
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Norfolk
Physical Description of Location: Proposed Location - Norfolk
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