Ella Baker: Understanding

“In order to see where we are going, we must not only remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.”

This intricate portrait of Ella Baker (1903-1986) is offered as a new generation takes up her vision of leadership from below. From 1930 until her death in 1986, she was active in the struggle for human and civil rights, best known for her influence on the young leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She rarely sought the spotlight, but was a mentor and teacher to many.

Miss Baker acquired the nickname “Fundi,” a Swahili word meaning someone who teaches a craft to the next generation. Her craft was empowering those around her to dream big while staying rooted in resilient communities struggling for freedom. Learn more about Ella here.

The portrait is based on a photograph by Harvey Wang. Click the magnifying glass on the image to enlarge.


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Digital (Union Printed at RLM World Headquarters)

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