Ella Jo Baker

Grassroots Civil Rights Organizer Against the Deification of Male Leaders (MLK, etc)

This week, Sara teaches us about Ella Jo Baker, the woman who worked tirelessly behind the scenes of the Civil Rights Movement as a recruiter & organizer.

Ella’s biggest push was to empower people to control their own activism, rather than looking to leaders to tell them what to do. She was critical of the Civil Rights movement’s reliance on the Black church and on solitary male voices rather than community engagement. Check out the episode to learn more about her — and why she was critical of Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in Civil Rights.